Growing up, Western discourses of beauty overshadowed my developing sense of self.
I presumed that my Asian features needed reconfiguring to be seen as recognizably worthy, yet I also understood the sullen truth that they would never fit the unattainable White ideal. My sisters, it’s time to embrace yourselves and celebrate your Asian-ness.
Back home, where White faces sell Chinese products on expensive billboards, you can pull any random White guy off the streets of North America and have your family think you’re dating the epitome of beauty and affluence.
If there’s a kind of cultural capital to be gained here, why would you hesitate to ‘trade up’?
The dating scene, in particular, can be exceptionally perplexing to navigate.
Not to be confused with Sinophiles or Japanophiles; these tend to be well-researched people with genuinely appreciation for the specifics of your asian history and culture.
No, your Asiaphile is superior — he loves all Asians and is more knowledgeable about the generalities of your race and lived experiences than you are.
In a statement following the signing, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Interim Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow said, “As the first state in 2017 to pass such a law, conservative lawmakers in Arkansas have demonstrated a clear disregard for the rights of women of color in their state ….
We will also fight the six other state bans currently proposed across the country, and continue to resist laws that perpetuate misinformation and stigma about AAPI families.” session, Arkansas is now one step away from enacting the first sex-selection abortion ban of 2017.
That’s right, girls — find yourselves a nice man with yellow fever.