Archives for March 2014

Cultural Appropriation Vs. Borrowing in Belly Dance (Part 2)

If you haven’t already, go read Part 1 of this post in which I discuss various issues such as the multiethnic/multicultural origins of belly dance, why belly dance has political implications in both the West and the East, and why this is a complicated topic that shouldn’t be handled in a simplistically ignorant and racist [Read More…]

Cultural Appropriation Vs. Borrowing in Belly Dance (Part 1)

By now there’s been a fair bit of comment on that infamous Salon post, Why I Can’t Stand White Belly Dancers, but I thought I would add my perspective as a folklorist and a (white-ish-I-guess) belly dancer. One of my first reactions was along the lines of: um, are there no “white” people in the [Read More…]