• The title of this project, "Buy Bye Bye Buy" or "ばいばい売買"
    is a play on the phonetic similarities between the English words
    "bye" and "buy" and the similarly pronounced Japanese words
    with the same meaning. 
  • Buy Bye Bye Buy includes "Taking Home The Japanesque Aesthetic,"
    a book about the appropriation of Japanese culture in the home. 
  • The book shows articles that advertise ways to turn your
    house more "Japanese" or more "Asian" in ways that filter
    culture through an orientalist lens.
  • A physical interjection of the spread reveals a more
    accurate example of a "modern Japanese home" while
    also discussing the dangers of cultural appropriation.
  • The book is packaged within a tote bag that uses the logo
    with Japanese characters as an ironic mockery of trends
     that use Asian characters as decoration. Along with the book
    are informational posters and visual representations of the
    book that "users" can use to spread the message beyond him
    or herself. This packaged set is an educational tool against
    cultural appropriation.

  • Assignment for Type III
    RISD 2016
    Instructed by Jan Fairbairn