Yoga, Henna and Sweatshops: Cultural Appropriation, Exploitation, and the Commodification of South Asian Culture

Presenter: Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D.

Presented in Partnership with International Affairs

As South Asian cultural and spiritual practices continue to proliferate throughout Western society; the consumption of the sacred transformed into billion-dollar industries. Interest in Yoga, for example, has translated into numerous studios and ancillary businesses that profit from the fervor. This session will expose participants to the dangers of cultural appropriation and the perils of exploitation inherent in the consumption of South Asian culture.

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Thursday, October 7 at 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Academic Innovation Center, 236

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