2017 ISBSS

International Symposium on Business and Social Sciences

August 27-29, 2017  Bali, Indonesia

Keynote Speech

The Effects of Cultural Appropriations in Fashion and Culture


Dr. Eun Jin Hwang

Associate Professor,

Department of Human Development and Environmental Studies,

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Center for English Education and Development
Saitama University

Summary of Keynote Speech

Interaction among cultures and adopting elements of different cultures  are natural. Today we live in a globalized world with generations of people born in one or more cultures and raised in another. We live in a world where information is released every day and made available to everybody through the Internet, social media and TV. Under globalization and internationalization, cultures have lost their unique identity and each culture has become blended.  We have a tendency to grasp design as a particular style or trend without fully apprehending the core and the derivation. Cultural appreciation becomes cultural appropriation.

Cultural appropriation is a sensitive topic and is often the end result of appropriation in art and fashion. And it has been a hot and controversial topic in the fashion industry for quite a while. According to Vogue, fashion can be used as a cultural translator and a tool against colonization; it re-establishes the balance between symbols, stories and different worlds through styles.  Ogundu (2015) stated that designers often turn to culture as inspiration, and designers who do not credit or pay homage to a culture by citing it as their original source of inspiration are the ones who then turn appreciation to appropriation.

About the Speaker

Dr. Eun Jin Hwang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development, Fashion, and Interior Design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA. She received a Ph.D. and Master degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her recent research and teaching focuses on fashion merchandising, strategic management with respect to textiles and apparel, the textile and apparel industry and trade, sustainability in apparel retail industry, the connection with consumers via social networking in apparel retailers and self-construals on consumers' decision-making styles on clothing purchasing.


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April 1, 2019

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April 26, 2019
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May 14, 2019

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