Something That Irks Me



This is for episode 8. I know it's not the most recent episode, but I just started to watch Project Runway. I liked this episode since anything that has to do with feminine glamour and seductive danger is up my alley. But something about this episode irked me, especially because I am Asian. So this is more of a slight rant. "Oriental"? "Shanghai"? "Kimono"? Seriously? Anything to do with Shanghai, which is in CHINA by the way, does not mean it represents all of Asia. That's like saying all the Spanish speaking countries, Spain, South America, Central America, so forth, are all the same. All black people - who can be Haitian, African, Dominican, Cuban, etc. - are all the same. Middle Eastern, Arabic, Islamic, Muslim, Indian - it's all the same, right? WRONG. I guess I was just surprised at the apparent ignorance of the show. How the hell does "kimono" and "Shanghai" have to be related? Especially for a person in fashion, I'd expect America to at least know the difference between what is Chinese and what is Japanese with the past exposure. And Joe, that costume of a dress you made is strictly Chinese, not "something oriental" or "Asian fusion." If it was a fusion, you'd have one hideous looking mess.


I guess I can't blame people but considering this is fashion, it's like disregarding the tradition a nation represents. If I place beads around a neck and a head wrap on the head, does that represent all of Africa? Do people know how many Asian countries there are where each have a total different structure, culture, language, and behavior? A LOT. It's the same with cooking shows. Sesame, string beans, noodles and soy sauce - voila "Asian." Riiiiiight. I'm sorry, that covers about ONE Asian country. If you're ignorant about it, fine, whatever, but if you're going to represent something - this case, a culture of a nation through fashion - at least keep the descriptions right instead of throwing the wrong terminology everywhere. I can't say I do the same thing since I always try to keep cultural facts right by travelling a lot around the world and learning what the world offers. I just wish people weren't so nonchalant about it. Just wanted to point this out.


I guess considering the interests I have, I am uptight about this, so I blew something micro onto a macro level scale, but just wanted to mention it. Excuse :]

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Dec 11, 2008 5:08AM EST

I don't often read comments by users, but thank you for an intelligent review.

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Jan 12, 2009 7:25PM EST

Yea, you're right.Though, you might want to mention what season you're talking about beforehand, I was slightly confused until I read "Joe". (you stated that you "just" started watching this show, so I wouldn't expect you to already be in the latest season)Also because I don't remember there being any mention of a kimono (which is japanese) in this entire episode...? If you're talking about the kimono in the drag episode, I don't remember there being any emphasis on "oriental" stuff, as you put it.Also, you go on quite incessantly about this, for someone who would just like to "point something out."But, again, you're not wrong. You just might want to care less, for the sake of your nerves.

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Jan 12, 2009 7:45PM EST

I stated I "just" got into the series considering that I am watching from the start of the recent season and I am responding to an old episode. I thought anyone would get the fact it was from the recent season depending on the date of the review but guess not, so sorry about that (I guess). Project Runway is nice, but it's not worth for me to spend my time all the way from the first season, especially when there usually aren't much links to old episodes anyway. There is a mention of "kimono" from one of the judges, so please be more observant.
I already mentioned I may have blew the situation out of portion and wanted to "point it out" aka emphasize something from an episode. I have to describe it thoroughly so that I don't have to deal with people possibly responding to this "rant" as I stated before because they simply do not get it or try to point out something I missed. Also, I did not expect people to even respond to the review so I wrote away.
You might want to care more, for the sake of trying to comprehend things.
I suppose I sounded aggressive because (again, like it says in the review) I was irked. And I know this comment is aggressive towards you but I simply don't care since the naiveness of your comment exhausts me; also, I just finished writing a 35 page paper at 5 in the morning in Spain (so don't try to be an accurate smart ass again and point out I stated the wrong time). So I will be somewhat of a bitch. And this is going to be the last time I even come to this page anyway, so ta-ta and best of luck to you in life. Word of advice: Try to be more observant and knowledgable when you try to counter someone, okay sweetie? :] Now grow up and walk away...noooo, don't go to the comment box. But if you just have to cause you're just so mad at me, okay. Hope you feel better in your solitude whilst I sleep and party away. *pinches cheeks*

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