Chinese back United States teenager who wore qipao dress to school prom

Clay Curtis
May 3, 2018

"I am very happy she has chosen to wear a qipao", said one comment on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter. One accused her of co-opting a uniquely Chinese emblem after she posted photos online.

She said Tuesday she saw the dress and immediately thought it was the flawless outfit for her prom. "I was looking for a dress that was going to be modest in the neckline but also unique", she says.

At the time, she said, she was only focused on the modesty and subtle elegance of the dress.

And if she could go back and do it all over?

"That's when I started getting some responses". All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Daum found this dress to be a ideal fit.

The 18-year-old high school senior said she never thought her photos would go viral "like that" but has no regrets about showing up to her prom in the Chinese garb, despite the tremendous amount of criticism she received.

Many users also showed their support for Daum including those identifying as Asian American.

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"There were people who took it the wrong way and it kind of turned", Daum told KSL. That was never my intention. She thought that it wasn't just attractive, but that the neckline made it much more modest than other options. For others, the real offense Daum committed was when she posed in a group photo crouching down with their hands folded in front of them.

"At the time we were deciding on silly pictures, someone suggested those poses, so I just followed the crowd", Daum said, "I see where [the critics] were coming from, but I don't think they really got the full context".

Despite the negative feedback, Daum said she would "definitely" wear the dress again.

Daum's story has quickly gained traction, even making its way overseas to some Chinese publications.

While many people were angered by Daum's dress choice, others felt her posing as if in prayer was disrespectful to the Chinese culture.

Lam appeared to be the first person to attack Daum for her dress. I can not believe we're now on day six of these woke vampires ganking a teenaged girl for wanting to wear a doubleplusungood dress that she liked to prom.

Just so we're clear, the radical progressive position is (1) America's borders should be flung wide open to people from every culture in the world; (2) when American white people encounter people from those hundreds of different cultures, they need to stay in their lane; and (3) white people staying as white as possible will help our nation totally unify and diversity will be our strength.

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