Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Black Chinese

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On a Chinese show much like American Idol, a young girl named Lou Jing competed. She’s black. She was born to a Chinese mother and an African American father. And now her ethnicity is being debated by millions of strangers on public forums and blogs. One argument against her being Chinese is that her dark skin goes completely against the Asian standard of beauty, which centers around fair skin. Since when does being pretty have anything to do with your ethnicity?

Does America also have a standard of beauty that emphasizes light skin? If yes, imagine all the psychological and emotional problems it must cause women who do not meet this expectation.


Written by larosa29

November 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Of course America has a standard of beauty that emphasizes light skin. We watched that video in class where the researcher asked the little kids to pick the pretty baby and they were more likely to pick the white babydoll because it was white.
    Ironically enough though, women spend hundreds of dollars a year to get more tan. So I guess you can say that the fairer you are the better, so long as you aren’t too pale.


    November 15, 2009 at 12:22 am

  2. I think that the media presents this light skinned standard of beauty. Colored contacts and hair dyes are just one example of this. Even the models and celebrities of different racial or ethnic backgrounds tend to be the lighter skinned and have white features.


    November 15, 2009 at 1:12 am

  3. I think America has a standard of beauty and that is usually people of lighter skin. In the situation i feel bad for the kid because she has done nothing wrong and now she is getting all this negative views against her just because she is darker skin. If shew were lighter none of this would of probably never happened.


    November 15, 2009 at 9:07 am

  4. I would like to ask if this girl had an American sounding name, would her chinese heritage even be brought up? Or would she just be seen as African American?
    I don’t think her race should be contested at all, she is half chinese and half black. I know in Korea, one of the most celebrated singers is half black, and Hines Ward, a football player for the Pittsburg Steelers is half black, half korean and is also highly regarded in Korea. Sometimes I think we project this standard of beauty onto ourselves but fail to see where it fails and only focus on the instances where it proves true.


    November 16, 2009 at 2:20 am

  5. Well…you did say she was black. So there you go.


    November 16, 2009 at 3:34 am

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