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Old 10-14-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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In Vietnam I noticed most women wear long white gloves while on their motor bikes to keep their arms from getting tan.
Protecting your skin is one thing but deliberately trying to get your skin whiter is harmful. I have 3 Asian daughters and I have them wear protection when outside but I would never tell them they should be whiter. Cultural differences I know but I have to admit, they get really tan in the summer even with protection and they are beautiful.


Latest trend sweeping China: Lighter skin - CBS News
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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i am really surprised that the chinese, especially the women, would want their skin lighter when they're already very pale. in the philippines, when a kid is part chinese and part filipino, the kid ends up with really pretty skin (lighter, finer, smoother).
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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The Japanese have been marketing skin whitening products for many years now. Though it seems ridiculous to me. Funny darkness has been perceived to mean one is of lower class. This isn't the 19th century and still these old labels persist. In the Philippines the darker ones are often looked down on as lower working class types. I find the darker gals the most attractive of all.

Here is an interesting study and history of "whiteness". They looked at India, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan. Based on the history one can see why they are now pushing the whitening creams in all of China. It's an interesting read.

http://www.acrwebsite.org/volumes/v3..._vol35_273.pdf
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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it is true in much of asian countries--the darker you are, the more it means that you're out in the sun doing manual labor with low wages, can't afford a vehicle and roof with airconditioning, and of lower education status thereby meaning you're not as smart/literate.

however, it's the reverse in european and north american countries--the darker you are, the more it means that you have the finances to go to tanning beds/salons or be in sunny locations for vacations.

of course, it's also the case of standing out in the sea of sameness--when everyone around you is dark, your lighter skin makes you stand out.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Macao
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In Vietnam I noticed most women wear long white gloves while on their motor bikes to keep their arms from getting tan.
Protecting your skin is one thing but deliberately trying to get your skin whiter is harmful. I have 3 Asian daughters and I have them wear protection when outside but I would never tell them they should be whiter. Cultural differences I know but I have to admit, they get really tan in the summer even with protection and they are beautiful.


Latest trend sweeping China: Lighter skin - CBS News
FAD? It's been a long-time obsession, going far far back in time.

It's way too culturally ingrained to be a fad.

From my understanding, it's a 'social standing' statement. If your skin is white, it implies you don't spend all day in the rice fields.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:52 PM
 
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I don't get it at all, and that is an absolute shame. I'm a western guy and I tend to find the Asian women with some color much more attractive. I think the really pale ones are much less attractive. It depresses me terribly when people do things & have plastic surgery to change their inherent wonderful ethnic features.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I don't get it at all, and that is an absolute shame. I'm a western guy and I tend to find the Asian women with some color much more attractive. I think the really pale ones are much less attractive. It depresses me terribly when people do things & have plastic surgery to change their inherent wonderful ethnic features.
Nothing depressing about that! It just means that if you're interested, you'll have much less competition against the Asian male population.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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From the link I provided in my last post, "In Asian cultures, white skin is perceived as a sign of luxury and prestige. Asian celebrities with white/fair skin also link their success with whiteness/fairness. Altering skin color implies success in controlling the body and thereby achieving an ideal body image". It also spoke of ads linking naturalness and purity to white skin. Really seems strange in this day in age how people are still so stuck on ones skin tone. I find it really sad.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Macao
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From the link I provided in my last post, "In Asian cultures, white skin is perceived as a sign of luxury and prestige. Asian celebrities with white/fair skin also link their success with whiteness/fairness. Altering skin color implies success in controlling the body and thereby achieving an ideal body image". It also spoke of ads linking naturalness and purity to white skin. Really seems strange in this day in age how people are still so stuck on ones skin tone. I find it really sad.
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.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:55 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.
How do you think blacks feel about it. Throughout the history of this country whites have been degrading blacks because of the color of their skin, but yet spend big bucks to look like they have darker skin
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