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HPF: Cultural Appropriation (Wednesday at Puku) @ Puku Café and Sports Bar

This week the Hanoi Philosophy Forum will host two thought-provoking evenings of discussions, talks, games, music and art exploring the complexities of cultural appropriation.

+ A series of lectures and small-group discussions led by Jon Dallas
+ Music written for the Forum by Felipe Martín and James Moore
+ Artwork created for the Forum by Myrthe M Nijs, Olga Raski, Lara Hardie Stewart, Travis Risner, @korrieXplicit, and Lara Ross-Mcglynn
+ Haiku and/or Drawing Contest led by Truitt Urbanic and Dakota Lambert

An issue which in recent years has sparked fierce debate across the globe, Cultural Appropriation is characterised by members of a dominant or privileged class adopting elements of the culture of a historically oppressed class.

+ Do dominant groups have a responsibility to call out cultural appropriation? Is it wrong to be offended on someone else's behalf?
+ Is it possible for a minority group to be guilty of cultural appropriation?
+ Should reparations be paid to the victims of cultural appropriation?
+ Does cultural appropriation rebel against racist stereotypes or perpetuate them?
+ Exactly which features of an individual entitles them to a particular culture (race, nationality, religion, education)?
+ Which matters more in regard to cultural appropriation: Intention or outcome?
+ Exactly who from a culture can grant permission to an outside to adopt a piece of culture?

*Suggested Reading/Viewing*

Amandla Stenberg: Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows

Joe Rogan discusses Cultural Appropriation with Moshe Kasher

Cultural Appropriation: Why Your Pocahontas Costume Isn't Okay: Aaliyah Jihad at TEDxYouth

About Cultural Appropriations and how to connect with each other: Christine Otten TED Talk

A Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Cultural Appropriation

“Cultural Appropriation” Is Actually Called “Learning”

What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation?

*Single Entry Fee*
Single admission tickets can be purchased at the door for 70k. If the entry fee restricts your ability to attend, please contact Jon Dallas

*Sustaining Membership*
Membership are available for purchase. 5 entrances any time for 210K (5 entrances for the price of 3, a 40% discount!)

*Late Nights at Puku and Sidewalk*
On Thursdays the event formally concludes at midnight, but Sidewalk Hanoi - Bar / Kitchen / Events stays open until late. On Wednesdays, Puku Café and Sports Bar never closes. You're invited to stay late continuing the conversation into the night.

Parking is included in the cost of admission. Please be sure to validate your parking inside!


The Hanoi Philosophy Forum is a twice weekly, lecture and discussion based exploration of contemporary issues and historic philosophy. Our mission is to build community and overcome cultural barriers by providing space for public civil debate of heated contemporary issues, and to contextualize these debates with lectures and art. Find out more at www.hanoiphilosophyforum.org


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If you have any questions or suggestions, please ask here or contact Jon Dallas at jondallasjr@gmail.com


Wednesday, 20 March

7:30pm - 10:00pm

Puku Café and Sports Bar | 16 Tong Duy Tan, Hanoi, Vietnam