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I remember calling an Asian American friend when I first landed in Japan right after college.
“How do the guys here get anything done?” I asked him, jokingly. “The women here are eye-blindly beautiful. I’d have trouble keeping an eye on my work.”
At the time, Amuro Namie was really big in Japan. I was working for a White British woman at the school where I taught, and the British woman told me, “Have you heard of Amuro Namie? She is absolutely gorgeous. Among the most beautiful women in the entire world.”
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Some years later, when I was back in the States, I had a Japanese female client. She was an older woman but was stylish, confident, and strong. I brought her to a business transaction, and the White female notary called my blonde female processor after I had left. “Byron’s client is BEAUTIFUL. My God! I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her.”
Among adoring White women, sketchy Rice Chasers, and Asian men, it seems that everyone thinks that Asian women are beautiful…except Asian women. Etain sent me this article from the Washington Post: Foreign models flock to China, which embraces a Western vision of beauty. It says what we all suspected but didn’t feel like saying: China, when looking for fashion models, has discovered blondes. And not just blondes from Asia, but REAL blondes of European descent.
Western models, it seems, are everywhere these days in the People’s Republic of China: on department store display ads, in catalogues for clothing brands, on billboards, in commercials and on the runways at fashion shows. They are blue-eyed American and Canadian blondes like Vos, sultry Eastern European brunettes and hunky male bodybuilders with Los Angeles tans and six-pack abs selling products from jeans to underwear.
It’s mind-boggling. They literally have over half a billion Asian women in China, and they have to import White women for their fashion industry? I almost understand the male aspect–Charisma Man thinking has been the norm for a long time–but I don’t understand it from the female angle.
Listen to this:
Then there is the matter of the Chinese sense of what constitutes beauty in a globalized world. “The foreign models’ faces are much more three-dimensional,” Ou said. “They look nicer in pictures.”
He added that he never hires black models. “Our clients don’t ask for black models,” he said. “It’s an issue of Chinese people’s aesthetic view.”
This brings together a few concepts that we’ve been discussing recently.
1. Some Chinese are racist against black people, as seen in our Lou Jing post.
2. Chinese are pro-White, even at their own expense.
3. There exists an Inferiority Complex among Chinese people, but probably also among Asian people in general
What is ironic for me was that I was talking with a fashion designer just a few days ago. She was saying that in order to sell to Asians, you have to put your merchandise on White models. Which is pretty ridiculous. Fubu can put their merchandise on black models, and black people will buy it. It almost becomes a movement. If Vera Wang, on the other hand, only uses Asian models, Asian people ain’t gonna buy. We need validation from White people in order to see ourselves. This bias exists in literature too–writers don’t become big unless their books have tons of blurbs by White writers.
Some people argue that racism will disappear when China accumulates wealth and starts running the show. Articles like this one indicate that that is not the case. I mean, come on, some of US accumulate money and the first thing we do is produce a movie like Iron Road with an AF/WM. Money alone will not do it. Let me repeat–money alone will not do it. Power may do it, but it had better be power that rests in part on our intellectual power.