As, I dove into the exploration of the looking at beauty and its understanding among different racial groups. I found that many of these groups ensure their own standards of what beauty should be within their own ethnic identity. This research afforded me great insight into what most of these individuals deal with. However, this blog focuses on the subject of Asian and Asian Americans and their own concept of what beauty represents. Never knew Asians or Asian Americans endured so much pressure with this notion of the Western Culture. Asian Women suffer with the eat-disorders; double-eyelid surgery and the customs of having western influence describe their beauty structure.[JJ1]
In this post, I consider how Asians and Asian Americans confront Westernized understandings of beauty.
According to an article, published by the National Public….
“Standards of beauty are both deeply personal and thoroughly entangled with dynamics of race and power. We judge those standards and fault people who try hard to achieve them. Yet people who shirk those same standards aren’t off the hook — they’re implicitly made to feel, in some ways, lesser or not as valued. And the mere fact that double-eyelid surgery exists means that many single-lidded people are constantly being asked “Why?” — Why don’t you get it? Why did you?” (Chow, pp 8)
As mentioned, “Thoroughly entangled with dynamics of race and power.” I found that absolute correct. I never even understood why this procedure exist. I do not know the admiration of getting your eyelids enhanced. I cannot frazzle my mind around it. Which was an agreeable argument that the author posed. The standards of beauty has been a dynamic of race and power. These issues arise when others do not have the knowledge about their culture, or identity. The issue of women wanting this surgery for westernized eyes, to seek career boosters, or self-esteem issues. I am a stronger believer in “whatever G-d gives for you; you should love them for what they are.” Even though this saying was easily said then thought of, I found myself in the midst of wanting to change.
In the reading, it mentioned how Asian descended individuals view thiscommon procedure as a sign of refuge. For example, The Talk host, Julie Chen mentioned how she endured this surgery in response to being repeatedly told, “you look disinterested” (Chow, pp. 7) from her former boss. In the article it also mentioned, “I think that question of, you know, bigger eyes comes from wanting to emulate people who are in power, who have control of the media, who have control of different structures of a certain race.” (Chow pp. 9)
What is the fascination with westernized eyes? What makes an individual dislike one self so much to engage in actions to drastically change and in effect distance themselves from their culture?
Some seem to believe that becoming Westernized, vis-à-vis beauty standards, leads to a better life and acceptance into society. Hearing sentence such as, “Looking attractive in Asia is different from looking attractive in the U.S., according to the women I talked with,” is just heart breaking to me.
"It strikes me as unusual that we as a community accept everything from tanning, hair dying, contouring and highlighting as socially acceptable practices and we rarely challenge people’s choices to do so as having an ulterior motive. But the concept of beauty standards in the Eastern world appears to be questioned in every aspect. It would be inconceivable if comments were made generalising that Caucasian people are fair, blonde haired and blue eyed. However, Asian-related beauty posts appear to draw criticism of plastic surgery, skin bleaching and the general concept of ‘trying to be white.’ The double standard confuses and disappoints me. It feels like the only appropriate image of the Asian woman is that of an Oriental caricature and that anything else that strays from this ideal is a deliberate misrepresentation or attempt to hide one’s own identity." (Chow, pp. 11)
This speaks to cultural domination.
Women, especially in the Asian culture, undergo extreme harassment. Why harass someone for not having “wide” enough eyes? Why do we constantly torment those for being different? This is a result of power.