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  1. #11
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_appropriation

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    From the Japanese students I used to teach, I loved Naoko and Kaori for girls, and Keishi for a boy. However, I only love them on kids with some Japanese heritage. I think they'd look fairly bizarre and inappropriate on a Caucasian child.

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    I like Sakura, and I also like the meaning. Exotic- ish sounding. I also really like the boy's name Nori, which is Japanese. I looked it up after I heard it was what Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were nick naming their daughter, North West.
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    I don't think you have to have ties, it's just like using a french name if your not french. I have a few Japanese name son my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrinafair View Post
    I don't think you have to have ties, it's just like using a french name if your not french. I have a few Japanese name son my list.
    I think it depends how big the racial/cultural difference is. For example, I'm a Caucasian Australian. If I had a child, you couldn't tell by looking at it that it wasn't French. You could certainly tell that it had no Japanese heritage, though.

    I don't think it's a big deal, but I think some sensitivity to cultural appropriation is warranted, for the child's sake if nothing else. I'm a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, six-foot-tall Aussie. I'm glad I'm not named Keiko. It's just incongruous.

    Just my opinion.

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