I followed the inked articles in the article and didn’t know why would the term cultural appropriation be associated with the teenage girl in the Chinese dress, nor with the two women earning a livelihood by selling burritos.
I doubt most mainlander Chinese or Taiwanese would give a second thought on the dress or even the pose they assumed for the photo op they posted. Makes me wonder how much of Chinese history did the guy who was cited as an example of the “outcry” know.
With regards to the burrito shop, it generally doesn’t seem to sound any much different than any other business that’s established based something someone saw, heard elsewhere or had been told they would make money off of.
Perhaps not to the possibly exaggerated extent of poking their noses into every kitchen, etc, but then I’ve met people who’ve done things that can be described as doing similar things too and the businesses did well.
As an example, I met a young businessman in China many years ago who opened up a factory making auto parts because a friend of theirs said they would make good money selling it. He had no idea what the parts were for(his words translated to the closest English equivalent) or who eventually bought the parts; just that they would make money; his core business was in an unrelated industry.
Best that could be discerned was they bought up samples and copied them to the best of their abilities and improved what was defective(either in materials or design) in the next closest production run after a defect was discovered or reported by a customer.
It also appeared that that was the common occurrence at the time for the other new manufacturers that I also encountered.
There was lot of push for industrialization and exports at the time which partially is responsible of the air pollution problem that eventually developed in China.
Thanks, that seems to describe both examples best .