I notice a lot of women, typically Asian or Latina, purposely avoid direct sunlight on their face by using a folder, or sometimes a parasol. I heard that in Latin countries, fair skin symbolizes wealth because you don't have a labor-intensive job like farming. Is it true that Chinese and Latina women do this to look more white and therefore more attractive? Isn't this a tad racist?
Cultures avoiding the sun?
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It's true. Indians do that (Indians are Asians too, aren't they?). Here, fair skin is associated with beauty and superiority. I remember, one of my friend's granny wouldn't let her play in park in afternoon or so because according to her 'she will become dark (and hence ugly) if she stays in sunlight for too long'. Lotions which make your skin fair are very popular here. I find it very racist and even sexist.
I don't know why we Asians are obsessed with fair skin.0
they don't do it to look "white." throughout history you can see they've preffered paler skin. it's a sign of youth0
It's not racist, since they're of the same race. Asian and Latino people don't apply the same standards to people who are actually black. They only apply this standard to people who were born with white skin.0
well i am Latina and i never heard of this. Probably that was back in the days when our economy was not well developed.
I always thought we cover our face because the sun was harsh, just like people use sunscreens when they go to the beach.0
Asians have regarded lighter skin as the standard of beauty for thousands of years before they ever came into contact with white people. Just look at the ancient Chinese/Japanese/etc paintings. The white they strive for is literally paper white -- not pinkish like Caucasians have.0
I'm half Chinese, and my Chinese mom does this. If she is out in the sun, she wears a thick coat and pants, gloves and a parasol with a hat. It's a bit overboard, but that's the culture!!!0
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