We are looking for ways to appreciate other cultures, but we might have not yet thought about how to avoid appropriating them; and in that case, we are possibly doing more harm than good.
Appreciating another culture looks like cultural exchange. We would have consent to participate in some culture and both sides mutually benefit and gain understanding of each other. On the other hand, appropriating another culture entails taking from a marginalized group without permission, and usually with little respect for or knowledge about the culture.
So what does appropriation look like when we think we are helping and honoring other cultures? This Everyday Feminism article introduces 7 most common ways people end up causing harm through appropriation, even without meaning to.
To learn more about intention versus impact, visit http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/04/honoring-culture-appropriation/