3/28/2022

The History of Asia's Whitewashed Beauty Standards Pt. 1

Asia has a multi-billion dollar skin lightening market and these beauty standards have lived in our culture since the beginning. Upholding these beauty standards have real life consequences from earning potential, marital prospects, and social status in Asian cultures. Here’s Keshia Hannam on where the obsession with lighter skin comes from in different regions of Asia and why are we still pursuing these Eurocentric lighter complexions?

3/28/2022

The History of Asia's Whitewashed Beauty Standards Pt. 1

Asia has a multi-billion dollar skin lightening market and these beauty standards have lived in our culture since the beginning. Upholding these beauty standards have real life consequences from earning potential, marital prospects, and social status in Asian cultures. Here’s Keshia Hannam on where the obsession with lighter skin comes from in different regions of Asia and why are we still pursuing these Eurocentric lighter complexions?

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Asian Horror Implies Misogyny Is Thriving

What Asian horror movies have proven is that there is nothing scarier than a woman, free from her shackles, wreaking havoc on society to get justice. Why is the ghostly, vengeful woman such a prevalent trope, and how does it represent misogyny across Asian cultures? From the infamous virgin ghost, to the seductive “femme fatale” archetypes, there are consistent depictions of the vengeful female spirit throughout Asian stories. The pale, long black-haired woman in a white dress is the scariest ghost of all. While these characters might begin as victims, they become terrifying villains, making it difficult to sympathize with their pain. It’s the unfair deaths these female characters experience that turn their spirits into monsters that are feared and not souls free to rest. There is little understanding of their suffering, or even their existence, mirroring the reality of many. It’s possible this trope persists because scary stories have often been the only outlet to name the violence women face. In patriarchal societies that view women as subservient, many women die in unfair suffering: murder, death connected to sexual assault, and forced suicide. Asian horror has evolved to incorporate deeper commentaries about women’s issues over time like marital anxiety, dissociative identity disorders, and becoming a widow. But irrespective of final outcome,being abused and thus vengeful continues to be the most natural character foundation of Asian women in horror stories and films.

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The History of Asia's Whitewashed Beauty Standards Pt. 1