Why do a large portion of Asians want to be white?

Why do a lot want to not look like an Asian but like a white person? I've noticed it's mostly East Asians (Korea, Japan, Taiwan) but also some Chinese and East Indians who are nearly almost as obsessed as the East Asians with bleaching their skin so they can pretend they're white people. Don't forget the double eyelid surgery that is a status symbol and is what is seen as beautiful while the monolid is seen as ugly. You'll also notice the vast majority of Asian women will prefer a white man to an Asian man! So why are a lot so self hating about who they are as a race and as a people? Why don't they love how they look and why do they deem how they are naturally born as inferior to how white people look?


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  • I, as a Chinese-American girl, cannot speak for all of the billions of East Asians around the world, but I will try to explain this... er, interesting assumption of yours to the best of MY ability.

    While it may seem Asians want to "look white," it is important to note the history behind the beauty standards.

    For example, in ancient China (though this could apply to most East Asian/South East Asian areas), porcelain white skin was already fiercely sought by women long before any contact with Europeans existed. Dark or tanned skin branded people as poor farmers and laborers who had to work under the sun for long hours, while pale skin signified a rich individual who could afford to stay indoors and not work. It has nothing to do with Western characteristics.

    The big eyes, though slightly lesser known, was actually an ancient Chinese beauty standard as well. It has quickly become something of a defining facial feature of the late, however. European colonization and influence in Asia and around the world has no doubt perpetuated and spurred the desire for larger eyes. This doesn't necessarily have to do with people feeling inferior. The Asian society is overwhelmed with celebrities who fit these exact characteristics, which places severe pressure on young people to look the same. It's just the way it is.

    There is a common misconception that a majority of Asian women prefer white men over Asian men. NOT TRUE. Do you KNOW how many Asian females there are on their indigenous continent? If anyone asked them, a majority would no doubt pick their own race first!

    But I assume you meant to say the Asian ladies in the Western countries, right? Right. Well, there IS a sizable population who self-hate, but this is by no means a way to judge the lot of us, who are unfairly grouped under one big umbrella. My point is that there are plenty of non-superficial, non self-hating Asians out there who still respect their ancestry and culture.

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  • The desire to be fair has been deeply ingrained in some cultures for hundreds of year, if not thousands, being fair in places like China has been popular for a very long time... that doesn't mean they want to be Westerner white and switch ethnicities.

    Additionally, Western beauty standards have all but come the norm in many places where the people honestly just don't typically have those features. (at least not the majority) But that's sort of a different topic.

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  • Why are white people the global standard of beauty? No hegemony there. No sir.

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    • So they question remains, why out of every race do they embrace it and consider their own appearance ugly the most out of all other races? They don't even try to fight it or hide it.

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    • Where the lighter your skin is, they better you are treated and the more opportunities you get. Not a hard concept to wrap your head around. And Asians partake in it the most, and the most openly.

    • So then you know how it affects people in African and Hispanic communities as well.

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