Why Geisha is now Panda

5 years ago from Ahmet Sulek, founder @ usepanda

  • Allison HouseAllison House, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Geisha are a celebrated part of Japanese tradition, and you're right—in that cultural context, there's nothing remotely offensive about them. When transported to Western culture, however, we must consider the long history of abuseandmisrepresentation associated with our depictions of the Eastern continent.

    We see remnants of colonialism peering through the comments in this thread. As Westerners, we have difficulty recognizing when we're capitalizing on the distortion of someone else's cherished traditions. Make no mistake—cultural appropriation is damaging, disrespectful, and unambiguously bad. Racism is embedded deeply in our culture, and telling people they're too sensitive doesn't mitigate our complicity.

    (Sorry, Dan, not trying to school you! Just sharing in light of some of the, uh, less educated responses.)

    This is DESIGNER News. If you don't think empathy and sensitivity are a critical part of your work, you may want to sit with that for a minute. Ahmet and William did—and built a more welcoming, inclusive space. Incidentally, that's what great communities are all about. :-)

    16 points
    • Matthaeus KrennMatthaeus Krenn, 5 years ago

      If you don't think empathy and sensitivity are a critical part of your work, you may want to sit with that for a minute.

      Yeah, it's pretty interesting how eager some folks here are to go on record, essentially dismissing the importance of their audience's perception, the need for empathy, and of creating all-inclusive, non-discriminating environments.

      Every person who is trying to build a good design team right now is hugely worried about diversity. Want to minimize your chances of getting considered for a position? Publicly post how taking issue with discriminating undertones is huge waste of time!

      7 points