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Unless it refers to where the costume was made, I'm with you on this one. I just read an article that Northwestern University is banning racist costumes at any on-campus or school-related parties and one student commented that she didn't realize she lived somewhere where blackface would be inappropriate. Really? Where did she think she was? 1954?
27 October 2010 at 07:04 PM
And once I did have a birthday / Chinese New Year banquet for my brother and my sister in law and we all wore at my insistence, koolie hats and Fu Man Chu moustaches... I just love kitsch
28 October 2010 at 11:37 AM
I could see it if the package said "fu manchu" because anyone can have one of those (including a guy I once dated, who was not Asian, but that's a story for another time!) I more associate that look with bikers, than people from China. In fact, I cannot think of any Asian male I have ever met who had any facial hair. Well, there was that guy with sideburns, but he was an Elvis impersonator.
29 October 2010 at 12:08 AM
I once saw costume packages with a feather headdress, a tomahawk, and a bow and arrow labelled as "Indian Costume." A different rack had the same package but labelled as "Native American Costume."
04 June 2012 at 03:49 PM
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