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OMG.  Have you ever thought about how cute Bento boxes are?  I can’t help but love those things!  Haha,,, I mean, they’re a great way to brighten up a person’s lunch!  Come on, no one can turn a smile away from a Bento box, especially when it’s made so adorably.  And you can just tell that they are made with love!  Lol…  Like, if you ever go to East Asia, Bentos (便當) are extremely popular.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about (or if you do, for that matter), well, Bento boxes are a huge aspect of Asian culture because they have all the nutrients we need for lunch in them, *cough cough* by that, I mean it has a huge amount of rice in it 😉 .   It keeps us full and it’s uber tasty!  Yea, well, while we’re at it, we like to make it all cute and fancy… And originally it was made by parents for their children because the adults wanted the kids to have a good lunch so that they would do better in school (good logic, no?).  But nowadays, the tradition has passed onto making it for someone you love in general!  For example, sometimes a girl will make it for her boyfriend or someone she likes… or, a girl may make it for a good friend she is close with.

The point is that Bentos have become a symbol of love (familial or … that other kind of love).  It’s a way for people to express their love and a way to brighten up another person’s lunch.  People always say that food is the best medicine when you feel down… Bentos are the answer- kawaii and delicious… Who can deny such a box? 😀


P.S.- I’m hungry for Bento boxes lol… I think I’ll start making some for myself to bring to school for lunch… Nom Nom Nom…

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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) :

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And here is 林依晨 Ariel Lin recently:

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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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Circle lenses

So, these past few days, I’ve been hearing a lot about these “Circle Lenses”.  It’s on Facebook, the street, advertised on the web, practically EVERYWHERE!!!!!  Omg, it’s seriously driving me crazy.  For those of you who are not familiar with Circle Contact Lens, it is a product famous with East Asians.  It was developed in South Korea and is made so that when people put it in, their irises look bigger, giving the person an Ulzzang or Kawaii look.  In layman terms, the person looks like a doll: big colorful eyes, a small nose and mouth, and fair skin.  Currently, many of those East Asian celebs use them.  For example, Angela Zhang, Ayumi Hamasaki, (possibly) Cyndi Wang, and much more.

Now I have to admit, these contacts do make Asian girls look “cuter”(Ulzzang/Kawaii), more “attractive”, and more like Anime characters, but I just think this is silly.  Asians are characterized by their beautifully almond shaped eyes, not big European eyes.  I mean, it all comes down to this fact that Asians are trying to be more European.  They simply want the big round eyes!  It can’t be denied any longer now that there is also this… this… creation!  It’s so upsetting to see these actresses, that girls look up to, get caught into this tangle of europeanization.  By using this product, it makes these actresses emphasize beauty, and essentially, fans see this!  This is why we have so many girls out there who want to “disown” their natural beauty for “White eyes”.  Me, I’m a glasses wearer and don’t have contacts.  But even if i chose to wear contacts one day, I’d never choose Circle Contact Lens.  This invention of contact lenses was made for people who find glasses very uncomfortable in situations such as sports.  But to go as far as also making them so that their eyes look bigger as well  is ridiculous to me.  I don’t see why our Asian eyes have to be made bigger and more colorful…  We are Asian, have almond eyes, with a dark brown color to them.  Why change that so that our eyes are big like Europeans, and have colors such as blue, green, purple, etc. that simply do not make up our Asian genes?

I’m a believer in natural beauty.  Even if someone is ugly, they can be made beautiful without all the nonsense of plastic surgery and “circle lenses”.  I am especially disappointed to see Asians change their natural look…  We simply are not Europeans.  We shouldn’t have to change the way we look in order to resemble the Europeans.  Yes, Europeans are beautiful, but so are Asians.

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