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Old 10-15-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Like Tiger Beer said, it is not a fad, but a culture dating back to God knowns when. The Chinese always considered paler skin to be more beautiful and of higher class, based on their classical literature. This has nothing to do with the white people. China had this culture way before they even knew Europe existed.

There is no point of saying "you look beautiful even though you are dark skinned." They wouldn't listen. Most of them would still prefer to be whiter. There is even an old Chinese saying "being whiter hides 100 other unattractive features".

People of different cultures do different things which are hard to understand to others. For example, in America, women plump their lips making them look unnaturally fat and inject stuff to enhance cheekbones, something Asians women seldem do.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:13 AM
 
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In India too. girls as well as boys go for skin bleach-facial to look more white. Ladies walk with umbrella while sun is there.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:43 AM
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I read that some of them do some type of surgery with their eyes too.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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Actually, it's the same with white/caucasian and paying money to sit in a tanning salon.

It doesn't seem odd to us, as it's our culture, but it really is an odd and strange thing to do to yourself when you think about it.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think tanning salons are as big as they once were here in the states. More people are concerned about skin cancer and don't want to end up looking wrinkled as a prune. It is very hard on ones skin. I don't think its an ingrained cultural thing (in the states) like whitening is in Asia and India. Of course some people do go in for tanning. I find it funny when people put down other races and then there they are out trying to be a nice brown color themselves. As a kid I once had 3rd degree burns from 2 sunny days at the pool, I've been very careful ever since.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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Like Tiger Beer said, it is not a fad, but a culture dating back to God knowns when. The Chinese always considered paler skin to be more beautiful and of higher class, based on their classical literature. This has nothing to do with the white people. China had this culture way before they even knew Europe existed.

There is no point of saying "you look beautiful even though you are dark skinned." They wouldn't listen. Most of them would still prefer to be whiter. There is even an old Chinese saying "being whiter hides 100 other unattractive features".

People of different cultures do different things which are hard to understand to others. For example, in America, women plump their lips making them look unnaturally fat and inject stuff to enhance cheekbones, something Asians women seldem do.
the Chinese view dark skin as a sign of a uncivillized savage, dark complexion is not considered very attractive
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Kūkiʻo, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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the Chinese view dark skin as a sign of a uncivillized savage, dark complexion is not considered very attractive
The proprietors and patrons of tanning salons in Beijing and Shanghai don't appear to possess that opinion...
BBC NEWS -- China's changing skin colour
Xinhuanet.com -- Back to the Bronze Age
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:45 PM
 
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The proprietors and patrons of tanning salons in Beijing and Shanghai don't appear to possess that opinion...
BBC NEWS -- China's changing skin colour
Xinhuanet.com -- Back to the Bronze Age
culturally & historically are not the same as modern trends / fads

thats mainly for the young trendy crowd, same with tattoos
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Kūkiʻo, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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culturally & historically are not the same as modern trends / fads

thats mainly for the young trendy crowd, same with tattoos
As others in this thread have mentioned, the historical desire for pale skin is based on classism. In the past, possessing dark skin was associated with being a peasant, since they usually labored outdoors and got tans. Nowadays, the paradigm has been altered -- while many peasants still get tans, many upper-class folks acquire tans as well from vacationing in tropical environs or at the beach. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell middle-aged Chinese women that the fad of wearing a mask to the beach isn't going to prevent one's arms and legs from getting dark.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/04/wo...mask.html?_r=0
No, we're not going to rob a bank... we're just off to the beach! Chinese women wear nylon face masks to keep off blazing sun | Mail Online
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Wow that mask is awful looking. lol

It shows people will buy anything if marketed well.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:30 PM
 
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this is no different than people who want to get darker skin. Don't judge what other people want.
some people want darker skin, some people want whiter skin. deal with it.
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