The Reading / Listening - Cultural Appropriation - Level 5

Kim Kardashian West has angered Japan after starting a new lingerie brand called 'Kimono Intimates'. People have accused Kardashian of cultural appropriation. They say the lingerie disrespects Japanese culture. The kimono is an iconic symbol in Japan. It is a beautifully decorated, long-sleeved robe, usually made of silk. It is worn on special occasions. People say it is Japan's national dress. A Japanese woman explained to the BBC: "We wear kimonos to celebrate the growth of children, marriages, graduations....It's...passed on in families through the generations."



There is a lot of backlash against Kardashian on social media. The lingerie has no resemblance to kimonos or anything Japanese. The American socialite is trying to trademark other kimono-worded brands, such as "Kimono Body" and "Kimono World". A Twitter user wrote: "What a disgusting thing to use the word 'kimono'. It's disrespectful to Japanese culture. True cultural appropriation." Another person tweeted: "I feel very sad that the name 'Kimono' is being used for something completely different from what we Japanese know about it. I feel this name choice is simply ignorant."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cultural Appropriation - Level 4 or  Cultural Appropriation - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48767678
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3016135/kim-kardashians-kimohno-provokes-social-media-stir-and
  • https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/kim-kardashian-kimono-intl-scli/index.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. starting a new lingerie
  2. The kimono is an iconic
  3. a beautifully decorated, long-
  4. usually made
  5. It is worn
  6. People say it is Japan's
  7. We wear kimonos to
  8. through the
  1. national dress
  2. of silk
  3. generations
  4. symbol in Japan
  5. celebrate
  6. brand
  7. on special occasions
  8. sleeved robe

Paragraph 2

  1. There is a lot of backlash
  2. on social
  3. The lingerie has no resemblance
  4. The American socialite
  5. trademark other kimono-
  6. It's disrespectful
  7. different from what we
  8. this name choice is simply
  1. is trying
  2. to kimonos
  3. ignorant
  4. to Japanese culture
  5. Japanese know
  6. worded brands
  7. against Kardashian
  8. media

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Kim Kardashian West (1) ___________________ after starting a (2) ___________________ called 'Kimono Intimates'. People have accused Kardashian of cultural appropriation. They say the lingerie disrespects Japanese culture. The kimono is (3) ___________________ in Japan. It is a beautifully decorated, (4) ___________________, usually made of silk. It is worn on special occasions. People say it is Japan's national dress. A Japanese (5) ___________________ the BBC: "We wear kimonos to celebrate the growth of children, marriages, graduations....It's...passed on in families (6) ___________________."

There is a (7) ___________________ against Kardashian on social media. The lingerie has (8) ___________________ kimonos or anything Japanese. The American socialite is (9) ___________________ other kimono-worded brands, such as "Kimono Body" and "Kimono World". A Twitter user wrote: "What a (10) ___________________ use the word 'kimono'. It's disrespectful to Japanese culture. True cultural appropriation." Another person tweeted: "I feel very sad that the name 'Kimono' is (11) ___________________ something completely different from what we Japanese know about it. I feel this name choice (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

KimKardashianWesthasangeredJapanafterstartinganewlingeriebra
ndcalled'KimonoIntimates'.PeoplehaveaccusedKardashianofcultura
lappropriation.TheysaythelingeriedisrespectsJapaneseculture.Thek
imonoisaniconicsymbolinJapan.Itisabeautifullydecorated,long-slee
vedrobe,usuallymadeofsilk.Itiswornonspecialoccasions.Peoplesayit
isJapan'snationaldress.AJapanesewomanexplainedtotheBBC:"Wew
earkimonostocelebratethegrowthofchildren,marriages,graduations
....It's...passedoninfamiliesthroughthegenerations."Thereisalotofb
acklashagainstKardashianonsocialmedia.Thelingeriehasnoresembl
ancetokimonosoranythingJapanese.TheAmericansocialiteistryingto
trademarkotherkimono-wordedbrands,suchas"KimonoBody"an
d"KimonoWorld".ATwitteruserwrote:"Whatadisgustingthingtouseth
eword'kimono'.It'sdisrespectfultoJapaneseculture.Trueculturalappr
opriation."Anotherpersontweeted:"Ifeelverysadthatthename'Kimo
no'isbeingusedforsomethingcompletelydifferentfromwhatweJapan
eseknowaboutit.Ifeelthisnamechoiceissimplyignorant."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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