When Is It Okay To Wear Cultural Costumes?

A few months ago, I was wandering through Bourke Street Mall on a summer’s Saturday afternoon and spied some buskers wearing traditional cultural attire (photo).

I wondered if anyone saw this scene as racist.

I stopped to watch. It stuck me as odd that they were wearing sunglasses with their outfits.

Three buskers, three instruments and three Sri Lankan outfits. | Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes.

Three buskers, three instruments and three Sri Lankan outfits. | Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes.

There are two scenarios when it comes to wearing cultural clothing: us wearing our own culture’s traditional clothes and us wearing another culture’s traditional clothes.

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Why Do We Go To The Beach When It’s Hot?

When the sun shines brightly on hot summer days in Melbourne, many of us make a beeline for the beach.

A lot of us say we go to the beach to cool off on these days.

Giving myself a high five at the beach | Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Giving myself a high five at the beach | Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie. Photo: Mabel Kwong

This has always baffled me. Numerous times I’ve went down to St Kilda beach on 30-degree days decked out in a loose-fitting white T-shirt and shorts. After ten minutes or so of strolling on the sand under the cloudless sky, beads of sweat scramble to form on my forehead and back.

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Why Is Sushi So Popular?

It’s no secret many of us love eating sushi today.

Sushi seems to be as popular as McDonalds. Sushi shops are literally located all over Melbourne. There is one practically every one or two blocks in the CBD selling takeaway sushi. Japanese restaurants are aplenty too, some serving sushi on huge sharing platters.

Today sushi seems to be just as popular as burgers. Who would've thought? | Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Today sushi seems to be just as popular as burgers. Who would’ve thought? | Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Sushi is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia where people mixed fish with rice in order to preserve the seafood. This spread to Japan around the 8th Century; eating fish with rice was popular with the Japanese. From then on, the Japanese experimented and created different types of sushi and this cuisine eventually spread around the world.

What exactly is sushi’s appeal? Why do so many Asians, Westerners and other races like eating sushi all the time?

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What Should I Write?

I’m stumped. Clueless.

No, no. It’s not that I don’t know what to write about for my multicultural-themed blog. I have a list of diversity-Asian-themed topics I plan to tackle, all listed out neatly and saved in a Notepad doc on my laptop.

No words. Blank mind. Uninspired. But opening up the notebook is always the start. Photo: Mabel Kwong

No words. Blank mind. Uninspired. But opening up the notebook is always the start. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Each week when I explore a certain topic on my blog, it feels right. Something, call it instincts or gut or six sense, tells me it’s time to write about this this week. The topic chooses me. Each week I’ll open up the Notepad doc and a topic will jump out at me.

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The Right To An Opinion – Project O

Everyone has something to say. Everyone has an opinion. And we should respect all opinions and express all opinions respectfully because we’re all people.

Respecting the right to an opinion is the message Opinionated Man is trying to get out there through Project O, a blogging project collating responses to a series of questions on this topic throughout this month. It is a global project dedicated to exploring how various factors such as location, nationality, sex, age and cultural background have the potential to affect the formation of opinions.

Protestors sitting on the road and voicing their opinions at Swanston St/Bourke St. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Protestors sitting on the road and voicing their opinions at Swanston St/Bourke St. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Below is my submission (questions edited for brevity reasons) for Project O. It was first posted here. Check out the other submissions here – all very different from mine but well worth the read.

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