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27 October 2010



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?


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


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.


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."

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