Please note: it's not that I don't respect the work of a tailor, but in Asia, people are not as dedicated in their work than one would find on the Row or in Italy.
What is it about fashion that allows this kind of blatant racist, xenophobic bashing with absolutely no rebuke? You insult gays and people jump down your throat. Call Asians lazy and people completely ignore it as if it's gospel. I haven't seen this kind of racist, xenophobia since I posted pics of my botched suit.
If a mere lurker like myself could be permitted to jump in on this, I think a few points are clear. Â First, the reference to dedication in work is limited to tailors, not all Asians, hence the comparison against Italy and Savile Row. Â So I don't think it's plausible to read that statement as calling all Asians lazy. Â Second, the remark, while vague, may refer to the author's perceptions of the cultural habits of Asian tailors. Â Understood as such, it cannot be "racist" as that slur is reserved for thoughts that are premised on biological distinctions, whether real or invented. Â Third, I just don't see how it could be "xenophobic" to suggest that certain tailors from other lands are less competent. Â Xenophobia is a fear of foreigners. Â Judging from the photos that started this thread, the only thing we have to fear is Chan itself...