Kulturel appropriation og det japanske svastika

Tilde Kofoed Seide, Malene Jensen & Sara Louise Brohammer Hansen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


Cultural appropriation is a newly introduced concept in our society. This paper discusses whether the West’s use and interpretation of the symbol swastika is an example of cultural appropriation in regard to the current debate in Japan about removing the swastika sign from city maps. Through a historical review of the symbol, interviews with the Japanese people, and the use of literature from both the East and the West, the paper concludes that even though the case from a western point of view seems like an example of cultural appropriation, it is not. The Japanese are not angry about the West’s use and new interpretation of an eastern symbol, and even though they do not wish to change swastika as a city map sign, they do wish to help the western tourists to understand the eastern interpretation of the symbol. For a case to be an example of cultural appropriation, it demands that the victims of the appropriation are angry or in other ways emotionally engaged in the incident which the Japanese are not.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2017
Antal sider56
VejledereSusana Tosca


  • kulturel appropriation
  • Japan
  • svastika