WIP 2This is my second WIP post. Still quite rough but I am about to start blending the lower bodies into the cake mix so hopefully that helps with the overall effect. One thing I am struggling with other than photoshop in general! is trying to change the lighting of the image as each part has a very different affect to it and I really want it all unified.


Source Photos

Below are my source photos. The first 2 were taken on a DSLR camera and the last 3 were taken using my iPhone 6. I have decided to still use the images from my iPhone as I feel due to the images being resized to a very small size the quality variation between cameras won’t be obvious.

Previously I had been planning on completing an image of 2 different faces of different cultures being morphed into one however after discussing it with my lecturer I decided to go with my second concept of having a mixing bowl with small images of people  being mixed around inside.

Source File 1Sourcd FIle 2IMG_0301 IMG_0270 IMG_0220Source file 5

Communication Objectives

My intention for my final image is to give the viewer an opportunity to think about what it is they identify as biculturalism and ask the question do you lose your true heritage culture by synthesising your host culture with it?

As seen with many first generation children when they are raised within a culture different from their heritage culture they often shun or reject their heritage culture at a younger age and more likely than not parents will do the same. They often do this in an attempt to make the transition much  simpler and less stressful. However on the other hand their is often  a constant struggle as the first generation child feel forced to simulate the culture they are in on a day to day basis as to not appear different but then once home they are forced to simulate the culture of their parents, of their heritage  as to not show disrespect to their ancestors and heritage culture.

This is seen with the following clip from YouTube of Cambodian American youth in discussion with the camera person: Biculturalism

I would also like to show the growth that occurs within the first generation person as they mature into themselves and begin to look back at their heritage culture a reconnect and embrace it more willingly.

Here’s a youtube video of a TED talk done by  Anna Gricuk that I found really interesting and links well with the idea that I am trying to connect with:

TED Talk


I have chosen Cultural Appropriation as my central theme for this assignment. I decided on this theme due to the fact that I myself am bicultural and often see cultural appropriation of my 2 cultures in different contexts as well as other cultures. I have chosen the 3 academic articles and 2 media articles for my source material. However I will mainly be focusing on my the first academic article listed below.

Academic Article 1:

The Properties of Culture and the Politics of Possessing Identity: Native Claims in the Cultural Appropriation Controversy

By Rosemary Coombe


Social Science Research Network 

Academic Article 2:

CROSS CULTURAL CONSUMPTIOn Global Markets, Local Realities

Edited By David Howes

Google Scholar

Academic Article 3:

Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation

edited by Bruce H. Ziff, Pratima V. Rao

Google Scholar 2

Media Article 1:


By Mycultureisnotatrend


Media Article 2:

What Is Cultural Appropriation and Why Is It Wrong?

BY  Nadra Kareem Nittle

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