The other night, at a large outdoor Halloween-themed Asian girl halloween, I saw a young white girl, probably about 3 or 4, dressed up in a long, purple kimono. I felt an involuntary uneasiness. I wanted to ask her parents who she was supposed to be — maybe it's a character in some cartoon I don't know about, I thought — but I didn't want to embarrass anyone.
Which is to say, Problematic Dress-up Season is in full swing. Sure, there is no shortage of guides to not being racist for Halloween. One must be possessed of a desire not to be racist in order to seek them out.
Officials at the University of Minnesota sent an email to students reminding them to "please keep in mind that certain Halloween costumes inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes.
Although it may not be the intent, these costumes, and choosing to wear them, can depict identities in ways that are offensive or hurtful to others. As I was trying to figure out what to be for Halloween this year, I had a recollection of my mom Asian girl halloween eyebrow pencil to draw a Fu Manchu -style mustache on my face as part of a costume when I was a kid. It's probably worth noting here that I was adopted from Koreaand that my mom is white.
When I asked my parents about this, they said they didn't remember that Halloween costume in particular, but they did remember once dressing up my sister, who's also a Korean adoptee, "in a coolie hat," which is how my mom phrased it.
I don't know what I was expecting her to say, but her answer was so matter-of-fact, it caught me off guard. I may have laughed a little. After all, my sister was, literally, an Asian girl. And I recognize the impulse. Part of choosing a costume is how well you will embody the character, and race is part of what makes a costume legible. If I showed up Asian girl halloween your Halloween party in an impeccable midcentury suit, with a Scotch in hand and a look of vacant smugness on my face, I doubt you'd guess I was Don Draper.
The author right and his sister, one awkward Halloween day. Courtesy of Steve Haruch hide caption. This recollection reminded me how, in my teens and early 20s, I made a conscious effort to carry over my Asian-American identity reclamation project onto my Halloween costume choices. That did not prove easy. One year, I borrowed a Yankees hat from a friend and carried a backpack Asian girl halloween every Halloween party.
Almost no one recognized this as a costume, much less who it was supposed to be: Note to costume purists: I didn't realize at the time that he actually wore an old-school New York Giants hatbut I wouldn't have been able to find one anyway. If someone asked for a hint, I'd recite what lines of his I could remember from the movie — "Hey, lady, call him Asian girl halloween. Halloween is particularly tricky so to speak in that a costume's success depends so much on what resonates within the culture, and when so "Asian girl halloween" of what resonates derives from racist attitudes, the holiday becomes a crucible of identity struggles.
One year I wore all black clothing, a black mask and black leather gloves. Most people recognized this as a costume — one person who was probably quite drunk guessed Zorro — but no one guessed who it was supposed to be: The larger issue in all this is that it was near impossible to choose a costume that was Asian-American, and just as hard to choose one that was Asian without perpetuating the kinds of stereotypes I spent the other a year trying to dispel.
I love Bruce Lee, obviously, but I would never wear a gi for Halloween. And I'd never wear a traditional Korean hanbokeither — because while "person from another culture" is not a good costume idea, neither is "person from my own culture.
One year I considered going as Ah Jong, Chow Yun-fat's character in The Killerbut that mostly involved
Asian girl halloween a suit and holding two guns, which something told me would go over about as well as previous attempts. The options only got more obscure from there — I'm the guy from that movie Reservoir Dogs ripped off! Then again, maybe this year I'll go as Ekelarc Yong. Steve Haruch is a writer, and a contributing editor at the Nashville Scene.
You can follow him on Twitter steveharuch. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. October 29, 8: Courtesy of Steve Haruch. Top 8 Halloween Costumes for Asian Americans. but then people would just think you're some weird Asian girl (or guy) who decided to dress.
The movie didn't only break barriers on screen, however, but also in the world of Halloween. "'There are very limited options for Asian girls on. See more Asian girl halloween about Cosplay costumes, Costume ideas and Cosplay girls. Google Search Asian Halloween Costume, Halloween Costumes Brunette.