Circulating Zines about Cultural Appropriation

In October, Communications Assistant Suze Myers and Zine Assistant Jade Levine ran a zine-making workshop for students following the Barnard BLUE “Cultures, not Costumes” fashion show.


We were invited by three First-Year Focus RAs to run the workshop, which had the goal of providing an opportunity for dialogue and creative expression through reading, discussing, and making zines.


Here's the beginnings of a zine started in our workshop!:


In preparation for the workshop, we went through some zines in our circulating collection that discuss cultural appropriation. (You can find all of these on the first floor of Lehman for now, and on the first floor of LeFrak starting in January 2016.) Like all of our circulating zines, you can check these out and bring them home to inspire your own discussions and political creativity!



Taboo: Challenging Colonial and Patriarchal Norms Since 1991

Zines W3774t 2014

This zine was created “to instigate a discussion on topics that are taboo that shouldn’t be, and conversely, topics that are not taboo that should be.”

TABOO contains Jarune Uwujaren’s essay “The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation,” originally published on


Mellow Yellow no.2

Zines H654m no.2 2009

in the section “Appropriation and Appreciation”:

“The tensions come in where difference, diversity, the other and the paraphernalia of the other, is experienced from a place of centrality.


Sisu no. 2

Zines J65s no.2

Contains a section called “2 Days, 2 Designers, and a Shitload of Cultural Appropriation (First in an Analytical Series on TLC Programming),” on cultural appropriation in the TV show Trading Spaces.

“...on the rare occasion that a person of color is one of the homeowners, the designers seem to feel they must design an appropriately ethnic room.”


Behind these fragile walls no. 1: a new perspective on life

Zines N48b no.1 1998

Asian-American identity, family history, National Geographic and colonialism.


From Here To There & Back Again no.3

Zines P474f no.3

In reaction to watching a white woman belly dance:

“What would it look like to open a dialogue about cultural appropriation and racism in fat communities?"


Framing Historical Theft nos. 1 and 2

Zines T25f nos. 1 and 2

A perzine by a high schooler with excellent book and zine recommendations; a lot on Filipina and Asian identity.

“Historical theft is this concept I came up with at some random moment. It’s like, colonialism is a way of stealing history, of fragmenting and replacing it. Framing historical theft is along the lines of postcolonial theory. It’s dissecting how it occurred and subsequently affects the present. And it’s about me, because so many things I think and do are a result of historical theft…”