So I believe many non-asians have this belief that Asians; typically east-asians, aspire to look Caucasian. As an Asian person myself, I'd like to disagree on that statement. To start off, east asia consists of China, Korea and Japan.
Everything is just a matter of preferences; and it just so happens that Asians and westerners have different trends (and it seems to be difficult for them to accept it?). I don't know, I'm sick of Asians always getting mocked, you feel me?
Their trend: to look like a doll (in selfies).
Which is why you'd normally see them EXTREMELY pale, with enlarged eyes and a small nose and chin (this is normally enhanced with filters/effects - they don't look so doll-like in real life). It has nothing to do with wanting to be another race, because dolls always had enlarged eyes, small nose and small mouths. And yes, I get that most dolls were based off white faces, but if the chinese really wanted to look white wouldn't they just try to get the look straight from whites?
Their trend: to look youthful.
This is why you'd see them with very dewy, clear, bright and fair skin. Most of them are already very fair (in fact most east Asians are lol). Their makeup is pretty natural and young looking. I find it funny when people make fun of Korea because they make plastic surgery a norm. However I checked and it seems that there are more Americans than Koreans that had something done? And yea they do double eyelid surgery because they want to get the energetic look (tho I think monolids are v cute). If they really wanted to look western wouldn't they get a bigger lid instead?? Most of them opt for simple lower lids.
They don't even look western???
Their trend: extremely diverse.
You can't really group Japan into a single category because they are the most creative ones here - they fully express themselves with unique clothing and makeup. So I'll just talk about anime. People claim that japan based their characters off of white people and I'm here to say it's completely false. "They have blonde hair." is literally one of their proving points.. well, anime has green, purple, pink, red, blue and all sorts of coloured hair? "They have big eyes," so do black people and many others. "They have small noses," all anime characters have small noses.
However, if a manga was based in an Asian city for example Tokyo, the westerner in the show (if any) would be seen with a large nose and more structured face because that's how it normally is. If it's based in like england or something all characters would have the typical nose shape. As for the skin colour, I'm pretty sure it's based off of their own east Asian colour lol...not to mention there are black/brown people in anime. Grey and all sorts of other colours as well because anime is just another way to express their creativity.
Also way back in time east Asians already had been applying white powder (the rich) all over their faces as a sign of their social status because being tanned = poor due to labour work and such.
Yes, some Asians do want to be white, but some white people wanna be white as well.
And I'm done lol this is more of a rant because I'm annoyed with people constantly bashing Asian people and thinking it's okay (some people aren't happy if we get just a little bit of success. Short story: some white girl on instagram got mad at BTS for being popular because..they ain't white..)
So if you've read till here, thank you 😇