I am Japanese and I find the usage of the word “kawaii” by non-Japanese people to be extremely appropriative and damaging. I’ll tell you why:
- It is not just a word for cute. When non-Japanese people say something is “kawaii,” they are not simply saying something is cute….
i’m 100% sure that when i say something is “kawaii” i do not simultaneously think that japanese people are submissive and i have no real idea how that realistically ties into saying “kawaii” about a thing