Asians don’t want took look Caucasian

For some reason, there are people who think that Asian people want fairer complexions to look more like more Caucasian — which is wrong. Sorry, Western people, the world does not revolve around you. The ancient desire to want fairer skin transcends beyond the time Asians saw you for the first time. In Ancient China, fairer skin was a predictor of social status (for both women and men) because if you worked the fields, you were likely to have a darker complexion as a result. In fact, the ten criteria for beauty in Ancient China was closer to being the ten predictors of social status. This would be the case for most of Asia as China implicitly governed neighboring nations at the time.

So while there is definitely some form of white supremacy in many parts of Asia, it’s not accurate to say that all Asians want to be Caucasians. Asians are reasonably proud of who they are and how they look.

Ten Criteria for Beauty in Ancient China


  1. Black lustrous hair and temples “as thin as cicada wings.”
  2. Hair loosely coiled on the head to give an appearance of added height.
  3. Finely shaped black eyebrows. During the Tang Dynasty, many women shaved their eyebrows, and drew them in with pigment.
  4. Large, bright expressive eyes.
  5. Red lips and white teeth. Besides beauty, this is thought to indicate good health.
  6. Graceful fingers and arms. A pretty woman was expected to have well-shaped hands with slim and soft fingers as well as fair and fleshy arms.
  7. Slender waist and fair skin. For most part the willowy figure has been deemed the best throughout history.
  8. Tiny feet and a light elegant gait.
  9. Dressing according to complexion, figure and disposition.
  10. Fragrant body. It’s said a concubine of Qing emperor Qian Long (1711–1799) emanated natural fragrance.
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