How The Ball Got Rolling
Sitting at my place me and my friend were talking about … Blond Asian Girls. And don’t ask me how we actually hit that topic but suddenly it was there. (And I really have no clue, damn short term memory)
However after chatting about weirdness and looks in general, we got to the point were I said “Hey, but all Asian girls always want to look like Ang Moh!”
Where he quickly replied with a more or less surprising, and even slightly disgusted “No Lah!”
And that’s when the discussion started.
My Slightly Wrong Idea About Asian Ideals
Arriving in Asia and traveling around every now and then, I have build up a general idea of what I believe, Asians think is good looking, nice and adorable.
Obviously I was wrong in at least some points. The picture that had painted itself in my mind was influenced by “Whitening Cream” (the ultimate “WOW – That does exist?” for every first time Asia visitor), Umbrella swinging girls in bright sunshine, Caucasians or mixed people with very obvious Western-look in TV or print advertisements and all the brabbeling about plastic surgery, big eyes etc.
Then you read every day about the “Western Influence” and how Singapore would be the “most European Asian City” and without much thinking I had adopted the opinion that obviously Caucasians and their look are seen as some kind of ideal to go after. You can’t blame me, right?
The Obvious Denial Of Your Culture
I blogged about it before and I could never understand why anyone would reach out for another culture to adopt and go after. I am fascinated by Asia, its diversification and the depth of the different cultures. And every time I read a travel magazine or official brochure mentioning the “Most European Asian City”, I shake my had in regards to this obvious conflict.
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Its Not About Us
As my friend and me were sitting there, discussing this hot topic with pictures of hot girls sliding by on the Computer screen in the back, I confronted him with the following arguments:
- So what about the longing for fair skin, walking in the shadow and the so mystical whitening cream? It’s obvious you want to look “white” (caucasian?)
- • In fact this one wasn’t really my best argument to be true, and I realized myself that out of the historical sheer fact that having fair skin means that you don’t have to work outside, and hence could be considered wealthy already makes the point. No more questions about “Fair Skin = Ang Moh Skin”
- What about all the European stuff, clothes, music etc.?
- • Again, the not really surprising answer. Why do you have chinese restaurants in Europe, why is everything from Japan considered uber-cool? It’s the things that one doesn’t have easy access to, that make them interesting. (Although I still get annoyed about a Hofbrauhaus in Thailand, I mean… wtf?)
The Deep Ang Moh Eyes
To be honest I was only building tension to my (so I believed) Killer-Argument, the big eyes. The Ang Moh eyes. How wrong I was.
- So tell me my friend, Big Eyes, Double Eye Lids, it can’t be more obvious Ang Moh, right?
- • And here comes the really surprising part. “Big Ang Moh eyes? Uuuh, no! You have deep eyes, we don’t want that!”
I had never really sat down to compare my forehead with the one of any local friend, but at that point I jumped up to the mirror.. and it was true. I actually have “deep eyes”, where my eye part lies much more back then Asians eye part does.
It’s not about having Ang Moh eyes, its only about having Big eyes, more like having… Manga (the typical and uber famous Asian comics) character eyes.
Shocked I sat down and a big Ang Moh tear rolled down from my deep eyes… just kiddin’ but its fascinating what year-long believes can be (interestingly) shattered within minutes of a half-drunk conversation.
Let’s quickly clear some more prejudices, shall we?