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It appears that our society is becoming a little… how do you say, backwards?  Recall that in the past, the rich were fat and the fat were rich.  Just think about King Louis VI of France… also known as King Louis “the fat.”  He was the king of France… of course he was fat.  That was then… and now… let’s take a moment to think about President Obama.  Obama is like modern day King Louis- man of power and owner of lots of moolah.  But…………… Obama isn’t fat.

In the olden days, having wide hips and manhandles were signs of wealth and power because the poor could not afford to eat… eat anything.  And so the poor people starved on the streets, fighting for crumbs of bread.  But royalty ate feasts almost every night, and in turn, all those calories went straight to the waistline (and hips for the ladies).  Sure we only have paintings of royalty in the past, but I’m betting that those paintings are pretty accurate.  With that said, the kings pretty much all had hefty beer bellies and the queens had waists and hips way larger than the rest of their body (enough to make them look sort of disproportionate).  Plus, all those naked paintings they used to paint show that these women, in fact, had rolls of fat jiggling underneath their poofy dresses and corsets.  Women today scream at a pinchable belly, but ladies in the past flaunted it.  I bet some ladies ate like beasts to show off their statuses.  But how nice it must have felt… to eat anything and everything- no critiques- and still be considered sexy.  The rounder shape on a woman also signified fertility, which was a plus for most wealthy men who wanted to carry on the family name (almost every man…).

Ok… but things have changed.  It is now the 21st century and there is in increase in demand for thinness.  Fat is a no no, and a slim figure is better.  In fact, the slimmer, the better.  The reason for this change is organic food.

Yup… a simple answer of organic food.

Organic food is expensive because it takes more effort to grow and make food naturally than to just add fatty oil and chemicals to create food.  Since organic food is expensive, only the wealthier portion of society can afford it.  And THIS makes the wealthy thinner these days.

The poor people can afford food nowadays, an upgrade from the French Revolution era when the poor could afford nothing but a crumb found in dirt.  Cheap quality food- also known as fast food- is very affordable now.  So the poor eat… but they eat trash every day, turning their bodies into a disposal for oils, fat, cancerous food chemicals, hormones, etc.  I mean, “you are what you eat,” right?

So we have a reversal in society.  The wealthy are getting thinner and the poor are getting fatter.  We are moving to the extremes of both ends.  On the fat end, there are people who are massively obese… to the point where they have to worry about not waking up from a nap and need wheelchairs to assist them in walking.  Let’s face it… this is very unhealthy.  On the skinny end, we have models sticking fingers and toothbrushes down their throats to force food back up and into the toilet bowl.  But let’s be clear that the food that is being forced up is organic greens…

And then we have some in-betweenies floating around- the people who are spending more on organic groceries but saving everywhere else in order to pay for the organic goods.  And finally we can’t forget the rich who can afford the organic groceries in addition to maintaining their health and fitness with physical trainers.

Wow… our society sure has a lot of divisions when it comes to food.

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Asian Women

The most common fetish is sexual fetishism- it is defined as an intense focus on an inanimate object or body part that creates arousal.  Examples of sexual fetishes include body piercings, feet, leather, hair, and shoes.  However, in recent years, a new fetish has developed in our society: the Asian fetish.  Asian is a race, an ethnicity, not an inanimate object or body part.  Yet, Asians have because a popular fetish among men and women of all ages.  Once a race, like African, Italian, Mexican, French, etc., but now a target of sexual objectification.

There is a debate on whether or not white men being attracted to Asian women is considered a “fetish” or a “preference.”  Some argue that the attraction to Asian women is just a man’s preference, similar to when men are attracted to blondes.  … But the thing is… race is not the same as hair color.  A race, an ethnicity, defines a part of who people are- it’s not just a simple classification.  The “preference” argument may be an excuse because men do not want to face the fact that they are sexually objectifying a specific race of women.  Asian women, compared to women of other races, are generally more petite, polite, soft-spoken, and obedient… but this is the Asian culture.  Also, Asian women in the modern world are changing and growing out of the stereotypical type.Jolin Tsai

Some white men are very outspoken and say that they are attracted to the exoticism of Asian women.  What it is exactly that attracts men to Asian women?  I honestly do not know- “exotic” can be defined in numerous ways and I’m not exactly sure what men mean when they say that Asian women are exotic.  Is it because Asian women mostly stick with Asian men making them harder to get?  Maybe.  Is it because Asian women are “submissive” to their men like slaves?  Maybe.  At some point, this conversation always starts to get awkward and weird… yet the yellow fever continues to grow.

So… white men have made their case- they think Asian women are beautiful, sexy, and exotic.  What do Asian women think?  Well, I think Asian women are split 50/50.  About half of the women love it because the men treat them better, they have more options, and they get a lot of attention.  The other half either don’t care or hate it.  Personally, I’ve never heard of any Asian women complain about the Asian fetish with a strong passion… but I have heard of women who simply don’t care.  I think it’s a case by case judgement.  I trust that there are some men out there with Asian fetishes who are a little bit overly obsessed and need someone to slap some sense into them… and that there are other men who just treat Asian women as they would treat any other women.  Is fetishizing Asian women a terrible thing in my opinion?  No- a little weird though.  The only aspect that balances this fetish is the fact that there are interracial relationships between Asian women and white men that have been successful and not based on the men having Asian fetishes.  It gets a little hard to distinguish nowadays because there is a pool of men interested in Asian women and some of those men have yellow fever while some of those men are genuinely attracted to Asian women as they are to any women of another race.  And it’s unfair to generalize in either direction…

Fumina HaraMedia has also contributed to the exoticism of Asian women.  Let’s face it- even in our globalized world today, Eastern and Western worlds are still very separate and distinct.  With that said, films, ads, and photos from the Eastern world are still fairly foreign and rare in the Western world, contributing to the mystery and exoticism of Asian women.  Even though Asian models, singers, and actresses are displayed in the media very “normally” (normally in the sense that other entertainers from the Western world would do similar things in the media), the fact that these women are Asian makes them different.  For example, the cuteness factor in Asia is seen differently by Westerners.  Women in Asia like to be cute- simple as that.  In Japan, many girls dress in costume for fun and cuteness-sake.  However, this depiction of women makes them a sexual fantasy object to Western men.  There is just a different context of “cosplay” and so Western men find this to be more sexual than Asians would.  Also, Asian women have photo shoots in bathing suits and even in regular clothes… but they are seen as more sexy and exotic because of the Asian body shape.  Such depictions of Asian women in the Asian market make it to the hands of Western men and ultimately lead to false impressions of Asian women… some of these incorrect impressions lead to fantasies and such.  And so I do think media has quite a bit of influence on the growing yellow fever.

Zhang Ziyi and Han Chae YoungNo matter how many people voice the weirdness of this Asian fetish… white men seem to continue to pursue this… fetish… quite passionately too.  And the numbers are growing!  To be honest, I still do not really understand this obsession with Asian women.  About 2 months ago, I watched Debbie Lum’s Seeking Asian Female at the SD Asian Film Festival and received some insight from the director, Debbie, and Steven and Sandy, a real life “fetish couple,” as I like to put it.  Steven stated in the film that he wanted an Asian wife because he saw how happy his son was with his Asian wife and he wanted the same happy life… I… don’t really buy that answer.  I think he wanted something new and exciting in his life… and the new, exciting thing would be an Asian lady to play out his fantasies.  In fact, I’m sure most of the men who have yellow fever right now are just looking for something exciting in a relationship.  I hate to break it to these guys, but Asian women are just women.  We’re really no different than women of other races.  We have really polite and mannered girls AND we also have rude and obnoxious girls.  It is unfair to generalize all Asian women as petite, quiet, obedient, little women.  Another note is that we don’t all have exotic almond shaped eyes and long, straight black hair.  I understand that in a lot of guys’ minds, women with long, straight hair are so sexy and beautiful… but remember that it can be a terrifying thing too.  I’ve watched enough Asian horror movies to tell you that hair can be scary as hell!  Let me know if you find “The Ring” girl sexy and exotic… she’s Asian, has small eyes (kind of…), is petite, has long, straight black hair, and is very quiet!  Asian fetish lovers may also take an interest in Asami from Miike’s film, Audition.

Jun Ji Hyun

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My most recent addiction is online shopping.  This all started 2 months ago when my sister and I were looking at shoes on YesWalker.  There, I found the perfect pumps, ordered them, and am now in love with those shoes~

Now, I’ve been eyeing YesStyle items for awhile now, but I never actually looked into them… If you don’t know what YesStyle is, it is an Asian online retailer that sells everything from jewelry to clothes.  I like this site because the apparel is tailored to Asian tastes in style.  Any way, a couple of weeks ago, I was bored and so I decided to look around on the site- boy that was a bad idea (well, really, a FANTASTIC IDEA).  I found so much stuff that I liked that my shopping bag totaled the thousands… It took a few weeks for me to narrow down everything to a reasonable price (by then, some of the sale prices were no longer applicable… but it was okay, the items were replaced with deals of the week clothes!).  

So I finally had a shopping bag that was decently priced for the items that I was getting AND I was extremely satisfied with the final items I chose.  I ended up getting 5 items of clothing, and my sister got 3 items, and the total of all 8 items was under $200.  Plus, since the total was over $150, there is free shipping! 🙂

I am so excited that I cannot wait to receive these items in the mail~  Check it out:

1. Dual-Pocket Long Sleeve Cardigan

2. Pink Chiffon-Hem Tunic

3. Fleece-Line Logo Print Pullover

4. Turtleneck Striped-Panel Pleated Dress

5. Cotton Blend Pullover

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A Beautiful Disaster

After watching 아름답다 Beautiful (2008) and 富江 Tomie (1999), I wonder if there really exists beauty so powerful that it is a curse rather than a gift.

In “Beautiful,” a young woman is so beautiful that her looks draw unwanted attention from men and make women jealous.  Her beauty eventually leads her to be raped by one of her stalkers.  Violated and traumatized by the attack, she binges on food in hopes of becoming fat and then starves herself making her unattractively thin.  Similarly, “Tomie” tells the story of a high-school girl who is the living embodiment of lust.  She possesses the power to make people fall in love with her and emotionally manipulates men into brutal acts of violence.  And get this… men AND women are driven into jealous rages over her.

Now, society has always glamorized beauty since the birth of time.  Being beautiful is almost everyone’s priority… obsession… There are girls out there who dream of looking sexy and charming and to accomplish that dream, they starve themselves.  But let’s backtrack for a moment and consider what’s beautiful.  To society, being beautiful means being thin, tall, having long legs, a natural tan, long flowing hair, a clear complexion, etc.  Doesn’t the “perfection” of all of this creep you out, just a little bit?  As I ponder more and more about “beauty,” there is something eery about the whole idea.  Beauty is something that is so powerful that it can control people… and clearly, the damn thing is just a concept.

I have never really thought about beauty as a negative aspect of a person.  But I have come to see that beauty can be very scary.  My question is, does this sort of evil beauty really exist?  Beauty can get to the level that is demonstrated in “Beautiful” and “Tomie,” but is such a horror really existent in our society?

To date, I have not come across anyone so stunning that men and women are driven crazy and into jealous rages.  Can we really imagine such a beauty among us?  Being beautiful has always been seen as a virtue so it’s hard to imagine that anyone “blessed” with it would complain.  But seeing what beauty did to the woman in “Beautiful” is terrible.  Women were jealous of her looks and her charm that stole their men’s hearts.  On the other hand, men could not get enough of her… to the point of stalking her and raping her.  Looking beautiful is one thing, but having it control your life and toss you in an emotional roller coaster is another.  As for Tomie, she is so beautiful that she is able to use her looks to manipulate men into committing acts of horrifying violence and making men fight  (and kill) each other for her.

Essentially, what I am trying to say is that beauty is overrated and that it is not as glamourous as it appears.  Like everything else in this society, beauty has a downside, aka an evil side.  Being charming and sexy is something to look out for… it has the power to eat away at our lives and turn us into beasts.  Usually, people overlook the power of beauty.  We think that only our natural instincts for survival can bring out our inner beast.  It is important to note that beauty can have the same effect on us.

“Beauty is a wild rose, mysterious and charming, but willing to draw blood in its defense.”

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I wonder what is important to the opposite sex: visage or body.  Of course personality is the most important factor.  But what happens when there are two people with great characters, only one has an amazing body but an ugly face, and the other has a beautiful face but an out of shape body?  Once in awhile, you’ll get the person who has a great personality, beautiful features, and a toned body.  But let’s face it, not everyone is perfect and we all have flaws.

As a girl, I’m curious to know what a guy notices first… and I’m sure all you girls reading this are a little curious too.  Only, no one has ever posed this question out loud… right?  Let’s take a few examples here.

I purposely chose these two people and found pictures of close ups of their faces because they are women with truly beautiful faces.  But the question lies in whether or not these faces can compare with another girl’s amazing body.

I know these above pictures do not show her body completely, but I wanted to keep this post PG-13.  You should still be able to tell though because I tried to find pictures of Bianca that best represented her model body.  Now, I’m just wondering which appeals more to a guy, a girl’s beautiful face or a girl’s nice body.

Don’t ask me why I’m suddenly curious about this, because I do not know myself.  In fact, I was just thinking about the importance of body images these days and how some girls who are absolutely ugly (no offense) but have great bodies are able to find boyfriends!  It just baffles me.  I always thought that a nice face would matter more, but now I’m not sure…

What do you guys think?

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Once you enter East Asian entertainment, it is a whole different world.  That is, in terms of body and weight… an extremely sensitive issue in America.

America has always been one to abstain from criticizing people about their weight and body shape.  In fact, there are many famous plus sized entertainers.  For instance, we have Queen Latifah and America Ferrera, among other plus sized stars.  Even on shows, like American Idol, we make it a point not to judge contestants by their size, but rather their talent.

In Taiwan, there is a singing competition show called 超級星光大道 One Million Star, which is like the asian version of American Idol.  Last week was the premiere of Season 6 and many, many people auditioned for the show.  One contestant was slightly out of shape (at least by Taiwan standards) and was told to lose weight if she wanted to continue competing.  I was shocked.  How can a judge say that to the poor girl on camera????  And there was even a specialist telling her how difficult it would be for her to lose weight (that’s right, I’m talking about Roger).  I thought the girl would be angry and retaliate.  Instead, she said that she knew and was already on a diet.  This happened at least twice more on the airing (including one girl that was on the 11/13 episode).

As it turns out, this is fairly… natural in east Asian countries.  Natural that you have to have practically a size 0 waistline and be wholesomely small and petite.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m an ABC and don’t get it, but seriously, like why does every girl have to be so small and skinny?  What’s wrong with a little shape and curves on a girl’s body?

In a way, this idea explains why so many female Taiwanese stars are so skinny.  Compared to these Taiwanese girls, American entertainers are “fat.”  For example, Scarlett Johansson is considered skinny here, right?  Well, she would be dubbed “too fat” in Taiwan and other east Asian countries.  Here are examples of what the Taiwan industry would say is the perfect body shape and size.  Keep in mind that the camera usually adds 10 lbs…

Yes.  I know.  They are indeed the dream size we all wish we were.  Even if I lose 30, 40 lbs, I could never match their body size.  *sigh*  Well, actually, personally I like the healthy look.  Imagine when Brooke Shields was a young, teen model.  That’s what I want to look like.  It just disappoints me to see stars succumb to the business by losing tons of weight.  Just take Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan as examples.  In the asian world, I’m very disappointed in 林依晨 Ariel Lin.  She was my idol because she was the exemplary size.  She was skinny, but not to the point of being just bone.  I guess you can say she used to be chubby.  But recent pictures of her show that she has turned into another skinny Taiwanese girl.  What made her lose the weight?  I have no idea.  But the Taiwanese industry certainly won’t question the lost, they probably embraced her newfound “skinniness.”  Another girl to accept into their circle of “skinny bitches.”  And please don’t get me wrong, I love the music these people make and they have great personalities, but I just think the body image message they are sending out is just inappropriate.

This is 林依晨 Ariel Lin before (notice how she is skinny, but not as skinny as the other girls you saw previously) :

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

And here is 林依晨 Ariel Lin recently:

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

Please think about this.  Body image and self-content with it should be totally up to you.  Do not let the media or society influence how you look, or how you view yourself.  Feel comfortable in your own skin, and do your body a favor.  That’s all there is to it.

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FOB

I’ve never hated Asian girls so much in my life before.  I know I sound crazy to you right now (and maybe even a little weird), but I will make sense after you hear what I have to say.
Now, I, of course, know this topic very well because I am an, well, Asian girl myself.  You see, I’ve met a number of stereotypical Asian girls, and by stereotypical, I mean the ones who tend to form cliches and giggle uncontrollably while calling themselves cute… and doing the FOB pose every 5 seconds.  Come on, isn’t this silly AND annoying?  I have always disliked girls who act way to “girly girly” and ultimately “dumb”.  Like, who are they trying to impress with the dumb girl act?  What I’m saying now refers to ALL people, not just Asian girls.  Unless you are one of those people I’m talking about, is there no common sense to what I’m saying?
Back to the “asian-cliche-girls”… I hate when they just form their own tight little circle and link arms and giggle about another girl’s “kawaii” skirt.  It’s disgusting to see teenage girls act like they are freakin’ 5 years old with the whole cute act!!!!!!  Seriously, if you’re 17, then act like a 17 year old, DON’T revert back to being the little 4 feet princess you were when you were 5!  Because you know what?  It’s NOT cute anymore!  Sometimes, the whole cute thing can even lead to looking like a slut (look at the featured photo).  When a girl is that desperate to be kawaii and fobbish, they just come out looking like they walked out of a porn film.
As for the asian guys, I’m totally surprised that they enjoy this kawaii act.  Actually, I’m not totally surprised because for most guys, the cosplay and slut look is acceptable, right?  Whatever.  When it comes to guys, I’m clueless.
Surely there are exceptions to this rule.  Some girls just naturally have that cute anime look and some guys don’t like slutty girls.  But I’m accounting for the majority of what I have seen.
Yes, I am venting… but I cannot tell you why (I’m clueless myself!).  I just hope you come to this realization as well and either don’t do it (b/c it pisses certain people off) or stop with the whole act now (b/c you’ve already pissed a certain number of people off).  I rest my case.
Cute Asian Pose
Cute Asian Poses
Cute Asian Pose

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Is she FULLY caucasian?

Is she FULLY caucasian?

You’re on the streets, perhaps going to get a cup of coffee from Starbucks, or to go to the bookstore to pick out a nice read.  On your way there, you look about you.  There’s a black guy and a white girl holding hands.  At the next street corner, an Indian is embracing a Korean.  And as you are about to cross the street, the couple in front of you is a white guy and a Chinese girl cooing at their CaucAsian newborn.

Let’s face it.  The 21st century (and centuries to come!) is all about mixed race couples.  Many, many ages ago, mixed race relationships were shocking to society and they would cause people to gasp and point.  Even the innocent mixed race child was being gossiped about and most importantly, shunned by society.  Nowadays, the concept is widely accepted.

Mixed races are absolutely beautiful to me.  In the past few years, I’ve been noticing quite a number of mixed race celebrities.  Have you seen them????  Not to favor asians or anything, but the asian mixes are so cute when they’re babies and really pretty when they get older.  Here are some examples of notable mixed races (some of them are just really good looking, be it girl or guy).

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Tiffany Xu 許瑋甯

Tiffany Xu 許瑋甯

Tiffany Xu 許瑋甯

Tiffany Xu 許瑋甯

Both photos above are of Tiffany Xu 許瑋甯.  She’s the offspring of an Italian father and a Chinese mother.  She made appearances in notable dramas such as Magic Ring, It Started with a Kiss, They Kiss Again, and ToGetHer.  She was also in Wang Lee Hom’s music video for Xin Zhong De Re Yue (Shangri-La).  And she’s currently dating Taiwan’s rising star, Ethan Ruan.  Personally, I think Tiffany Xu is really beautiful and almost completely caucasian looking.  When I first saw her in Lee Hom’s video and in ISWAK, I thought she was a caucasian who spoke mandarin.  But apparently, she was raised in Taiwan and she’s half and half.  Doesn’t her mixed-ness deceive you?  Just a little?

Moving on, here’s another example of a mixed celebrity.

Shirota Yuu しろた ゆう

Shirota Yuu しろた ゆう

Shirota Yuu しろた ゆう

Shirota Yuu しろた ゆう

Shirota Yuu しろた ゆう

Shirota Yuu しろた ゆう

My 2nd example is the guy in the above 3 photos.  He’s Shirota Yuu しろた ゆう.  I first saw him in the Japanese drama Hanazakari no Kimitachi e.  When I first saw him play Kagurazaka Makoto, I thought it was a white guy playing him.  So, I researched this guy and found out that the reason he looked white was because (as I had suspected) he was a halfie.  Yep, Shirota Yuu しろた ゆう is half Japanese from his father’s side, and half Spanish from his mother’s side.  In fact, he can also speak Spanish in addition to Japanese, due to the fact that he lived in Barcelona for a little bit as a child.  Isn’t Shirota Yuu しろた ゆう really handsome???  Haha,,, I still can’t believe he’s half Spanish…

My 3rd example is this guy below.

Wentz Eiji ウエンツ瑛士

Wentz Eiji ウエンツ瑛士

Wentz Eiji ウエンツ瑛士

Wentz Eiji ウエンツ瑛士

Okay, seriously, doesn’t this guy above, Wentz Eiji ウエンツ瑛士, look American/European?  I had no idea he was Japanese at all when I saw him in Nodame Cantabile.  It was quite a shocker when I found out he was half German-American (from his father’s side) and half Japanese (from his mother’s side).  He’s known for being the half American who can only speak Japanese.  But wow, he looks fully American to me as well.  Would you think he was Japanese just from looking at him???

My 4th and final example is this lovely girl below.

Lara Veronin 梁心頤

Lara Veronin 梁心頤

She is Lara Veronin 梁心頤, the lead female vocalist of the band Nan Quan Mama.  She’s Russian-Taiwanese-American.  I don’t know much about her, but the fact that she’s a halfie strikes me.  Indeed, the is very pretty, don’t you think?

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I’ve also been told that Dennis Oh and Daniel Henney are half Korean and half American.  I’ve seen them and they are also very handsome mixes, in addition to Tiffany Xu, Shirota Yuu, Wentz Eiji, and Lara Veronin.  These are the famous mixes that I know of and I happen to think that asian/european mixes are very very pretty.

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When it comes to my future, I’m curious as to what I will do.  I have the option of marrying Chinese (or any asian for that matter) or marrying European.  In one case, I’ll have ethnic children, in the other case, I’ll have mixed children.  I’m not sure right now, but I’m leaning towards the Eurasian side.  I guess it’ll all depend on where life takes me, but for now, all I can do is hope that I can find a great guy in the future. 😉

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