As much as I adore using the swear word beginning with F in my everyday life (and yes, I have managed to continue to do so here in Taiwan), I refrain from using it when I’m in “discussions”, as I don’t want to come across irrational.  So with that in mind, other than the 1 F word in the title of this blog post, I shan’t use it for the remainder of it, not even in the censored version.

What has gotten me so worked up, is this piece of sh…ahem *gulp*… program, that was aired on the Australian network SBS on 3rd of December.  You can watch it here if you’re interested (video expires Dec 17th), I have to admit I wasn’t, as after reading the synopsis I can pretty much gather what nonsense it’s about:

Anna Choy takes a personal and highly confronting journey uncovering the growing trend of de-racialisation cosmetic surgery in Australia. Procedures include extreme facial contouring, double eyelid surgery, nose jobs, skin whitening and calf reductions. But as Anna digs deeper into what drives people to change their race, she comes face to face with her own demons. 

My assumptions were verified when I watched this segment of Australian morning show Sunrise:

Having grown up in Australia, I love the country and am proud to be an Aussie – case in point my penchant for swearing, and beer.  I am also proud of my Asian heritage, and other than a couple of years in primary school when I first moved to Australia where I copped a bit of unoriginal and laughable teasing, I experienced absolutely no prejudice of any kind, and I can confidently say the same for all my Asian friends.

In fact, I’ve always considered myself lucky to have the best of both worlds: I have the traditional values and strict discipline from an Asian culture, as well the courage to do, think and speak for myself from the Australian culture.  And hey, I can speak two languages!

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It is for this very reason, that I am so very angered, and furthermore disappointed, by this so-called “documentary”, which is even more sensationalised than the Bogan-creation Australian programs aka Today Tonight and A Current Affair.  It vilifies Australia and ALL of the people living in it, when in actual fact Australia is an awesome country, celebrated and loved by most of its residents for its diversity of culture and people.

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So after keeping mum about this topic for so long, I can no longer do so after hearing it coming from the mouth (ie. media) from the country that love me just as much as I love it so dearly. Taking the story of one insecure, possibly depressed girl who happens to be of Asian descent and is having plastic surgeries for all the wrong reasons, then turning it into a propaganda about how intolerant the white Australians are against other races, and a generalisation that ALL Asians have plastic surgeries because they hate being Asian and want to be white. Seriously SBS?  What has happened to you?

Let me say this once, and let me say this slooowly, in perfectly fluent, slightly Occa accented English: ASIANS DO NOT HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY TO BECOME WHITE~~  If you care to hang around, allow me to explain.

For some reason, the Western media thinks all Asian women should look like this:

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Imperial Noble Consort Chunhui – you’ll need this for reference later on

Oh yes very beautiful and elegant, she was also from the 1700′s.  If this is how it works, then Hollywood starlets should look like this:

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Omg did I just see her on the Victoria Secret parade? Errr… don’t think so!

Here’s the Deal

It’s absolute rubbish and extremely Anglo-centric to say that Asian people get plastic surgery to look like white people. For more than the last 20 years or so, there have been an abundance of Asian people in Australia, and as I said previously, I and none of my Asian friends have ever felt alienated, nor have we found our heritage to be a hindrance to any aspect of our lives in Australia.

The real reason that plastic surgery has become more popular in these few years is due to the influence of ASIAN pop culture.  Yes – Asians want to be Asians!!!

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(hey look the F word didn’t come from me okay?)

Thanks to the Internet, now anyone, anywhere can access media from any part of the world, and it’s natural to seek out style or beauty idols who have a similar background to you.  I can tell you that websites that contain Asian drama series, TV programs, music, fashion have enormously high popularity amongst those of Asian descent who live in Western countries.  Hell, it’s how I’ve managed to pick my Mandarin back up (thank you http://sugoideas.com/)!

This popularity has sky-rocketed in the last couple of years; pretty much in the same way that the Western world was hit by Gangnam Style.   So nowadays, Asian girls who live in Canada, are pretty much aspiring to the same beauty ideals as her Taiwanese counterparts, which could look like this:

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Girl’s Generation – apparently the biggest K-pop girl group of 2013. I know they’re huge (I’m not that old), but I had to Google “hottest korean girl band 2013″ lol

Or this:

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Hyuna – I noticed her for her song “Bubble Pop”, such an annoying song but yet so catchy. Anyhow she is HOT. Oh BTW she’s the girl who dances with Psy in Gangnam Style.

Or this:

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Dream Girls from Taiwan – pretty talentless but fun to look at.

(Apologies if I haven’t included your favourite Asian starlet(s).  I’m not familiar with pop culture from all Asian countries – I work 60 hours a week and I’m over 35 y.o.  >.<)

Whilst these girls don’t look like Imperial Noble Consort Chunhui, I think it’s pretty damn obvious that they are all Asians righhhhtt???  So most Asian girls are actually emulating and aspiring to look like their favourite Korean pop star, NOT their plain Jane next door neighbour!

But those Girls don’t look Asian

OK if you’re still thinking this then I’ll explain it further.  I’ll explain it further not because I’m a patient person but because it’s a Saturday night and it’s raining outside, so I can’t be bothered doing anything else except for drinking wine and having a self therapy session by releasing my frustrations through my fingers and onto the laptop.

Let us look at Imperial Noble Consort Chunhui again.  Seriously I didn’t even have any idea who she was until I Googled ‘Empress’ in Chinese, found the picture, then had to Google again to translate her Chinese name to English.

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Anyway first of all notice how porcelain-like her skin is.  White skin has been popular amongst Chinese women for centuries, even before they have even sighted a single Caucasian person, as a pale complexion means that the girl is from a family wealthy enough not to have to subject her to outdoor labour.  As early as the 3rd century, Japanese women rubbed bags of rice bran on their faces and used nightingale droppings to whiten the skin, the exact motivation I’m unsure of, but I’d assume it’s also not influenced by Caucasians!

As far as larger rounder eyes and taller nose; these are simply parts of an evolution of what is considered beautiful, no more shocking than fuller lips and sleeker hair for Caucasian women.  If Asians really want to emulate Caucasian features, then why doesn’t Hyuna have a large hook nose and wide deep set eyelids?

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Oh the Ego! *Facepalm*

The truly sad thing here is how the Australian media, with this one single piece of garbage, can actually fuel the white superiority and the divide between the races, where none existed before.

It is arrogant beyond belief and a little too convenient to be able to attribute all the current desirable features by the Asians to the Caucasians.  The white skin, the eyes and the nose I’d already explained; if you still don’t get it then please click on the little x button on the top right hand corner of the screen, as I really don’t need to bang my head against the wall whilst not getting paid a single currency of any kind.

As for the V-shaped face, less prominent jawbone and cheekbones, slim calves – why I had no idea those are Caucasian people’s features!?  Have I missed an important headline?

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Let’s Flip the Coin

Interestingly, no one says Caucasian people are trying to be black when they get an tan, their lips puffed up with fillers, and boobs enlarged with silicon.  Or that they’re trying to be Asian when they get their noses reduced, their hair straightened and dyed black, and loose weight to be skinny.

Liv Tyler wants to be black!

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Megan Fox wants to be Asian!

Megan Fox Nose Job Change My Race: Are you fucking kidding me?Wait… Kate Moss wanted to be Asian back in 1990!

Kate Moss Calvin Klein Change My Race: Are you fucking kidding me?Cameron Diaz wants to be black… and Asian… and Hispanic?  Oh I’m getting so confused by all this racial appearance stereotypes *knocks head*

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My Take on Plastic Surgery in Taiwan

I’ve specifically said Taiwan because obviously I am not Korean and I don’t live in Korea, so I would be in no authority to comment on the mentality of why they go through plastic surgery there (hmmm kinda like the makers of that doco heh?)  But here in Taiwan, plastic surgery is fairly common, cosmetic procedures even more so, and most people including celebrities are open and honest about it.

The most common procedures here, are double eyelid surgery, nose enhancement, chin enhancement, face fillers.

What happens when something is readily available to you, that you know you can get just as easily and in just the same quality as your favourite celebrity?  It becomes no big deal. In Taiwan, it’s all about doing whatever make you feel your best.  I work with as many women who don’t wear a scrap of makeup as those who wear a full face of makeup (including massive fake eyelashes) to work everyday.  Either party judge or think anything of the other.

Except for celebrities and models, no normal person would be made to feel that they must go get surgery for a smaller face or taller nose, but if someone feels that it’s important enough for her/him, they go and do something about it, that’s all plastic surgery is here.

Me 2 Change My Race: Are you fucking kidding me?My Final Words

The pressure to look a certain way is there across the globe, and more and more people, regardless of race, are getting plastic surgery.  Besides doing the research to find a good doctor, first and foremost you MUST BE doing it for the right reasons, and have a healthy sense of self-esteem to begin with.

I’ve had fillers to enhance my nose bridge, botox to lift the corners of my mouth and fillers/thermage to counter the effects of ageing. None of what I’ve done is to look like anyone else (let alone a Caucasian!) – I want to look like the best version of ME.

It would seem that SBS is the one who’s wanting to Change its Race –  it has decided that being the smart geeky foreign exchange student is no longer the way to go; it’s much more important to be, like, all popular and stuff, and has she got some goss for you!

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18 thoughts on “Change My Race: Are you fucking kidding me?

  1. I usually shrug off these ‘asians wanna look white’ comments, but this dude said the line ‘more Aussies’ (complete with sprit fingers) like he was disgusted by asians and is darn fucking proud that he’s white.

    I have to admit, sometimes I look in the mirror and tell myself ‘OMG I wanna have features like Hyuna, 2NE1′s Dara, BoA etc.’ Never have I wished I had white features. Does V-line, small dainty chin, youthful filled cheeks and forehead come from white features? I’m not sure, but I have never associated these white features with white people.

    As for double eyelids, my entire family has natural double eyelids. 70% of the people I know were born with double eyelids. I don’t think my eyelids make me look white.

    However, I do think there are girls out there that base their ‘I wish I looked like XXX fantasies’ from white people. But NOT EVERYONE does that and they should highlight the aspect that many also base their ‘fantasies’ on Taiwanese, Korean idol features as well.
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    • M.May: I usually just roll my eyes too, but when these people got these couple of insecure, self-loathing Asians (who as Asian-Australians would know are in the minority) to say they want to be white? Well that just made me fume!

      I think it’s normal to look at someone pretty and think “I wish I have that…” So why make it a racial issue? *shakes head*

  2. Wow, thank you for this enlightening article. I’m from Europe (Holland) but I do notice that women like Taylor Swift (slanted eyes) & Kim Kard (so called black woman’s body & slanted eyes) are seen as hot, hence a sort of hybridity. Cameron Diaz is from Cuban heritage which is not ‘completely Caucasian’ either.. I’m quite shocked that the so-called white Australians accuse ‘Asians’ (what a diverse and large group: what Asians…Koreans have a slightly different beauty standard towards Indonesians) to want to be white, also diverse, white: probably Barbie-white but most girls are definately not born as Barbie and this obsession is among *cough* Caucasians a bit irritating as well. Indeed, inflated lips are not the typical ‘white girl’ look and actually Barbie has thinner lips too, so what’s up with that new obsession: wanna be adult-industry doll? It has all gone a bit over the top, IMO

    • Birkie: The whole world is a cultural melting pot now so the ideas of beauty, and the way people naturally look will change. So saying that a certain race should look like this or that, and if they don’t they must hate themselves is so totally ignorant.

  3. YES YES YES! I get so worked up when I see articles like this. American writers like to talk about this topic too, and it never fails to trip a little nerve in me. People always look disparagingly upon the eyelid surgery as totally vain and unnecessary, but when I compare it to braces, they change their tune. The ethnocentrism is strong…

    By the way, are you really over 35?!?! I seriously thought you were early-to-mid 20s!!!
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    • Audrey C.: Yeah I’ve seen the topic floating around for years over in the U.S., but kinda just rolled my eyes and dismissed it. This time it hit close being an Australian program, and the fact that they got these Asian people as “evidence” just pushed me over the brink of tolerance.

      And thank you for your compliment! Which brings me another thought… are Caucasian women undergoing skin rejuvenating treatments and surgeries trying to be Asian? Since Asians naturally look young??? *opening a can of worms*

  4. Their logic only reflects the arrogance in their blood. Asians opt to obtain certain features to become prettier. They’re basically announcing that they “own ” these features. If I was born with a naturally stronger nose bridge or higher eyelids, does that mean that I cannot claim these features as my own because they are “owned” by Caucasians?

    In the end, races would all mend together and beauty will take a new turn. I wish they would stop attempting to claim ownership to beauty and admire the different types of beauty that exist.

    • Tina: This is what was disappointing to me. After all the positive experience I had growing up in Australia – this actually tells me that racism is alive and certain groups of people, for whatever motivation, will ensure that it stays well and kicking.

  5. Silly girl, the SBS mirror or whatever you would like to refer to it gets to you merely because they are spot on, either directly or indirectly.

    I bet you didn’t nor do realise that you looked and seemed so far, far more genuine authentic prior to having

    “I’ve had fillers to enhance my nose bridge, botox to lift the corners of my mouth and fillers/thermage.”

  6. Look, you silly girl. I clearly cited that you appeared far, far more genuine and authentic prior to doing what you have now done. Notice that I cited: PRIOR, you no longer do so. You no longer seem nor appear genuine.

    Would you like to know how I came about your blogg? This link:

    http://www.chasingelixir.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/EmerginC-Vitality-Mask-before-and-after.jpg

    I typed and seek for a certain: “turmeric in skin before and after” and voilà…. there I saw, a certain face and appearance in which appease to my liking. Alas…

    I’m referred to as Gabe (Gabriel) if you must know.

    • @Gabe: that post in which my appearance appeased you so much was actually after my nose enhancements, fillers, Thermage and botox LOL.

      • So I must be a fool then, eh?

        I will have you know that I might appear to be a fool but the mother nature who made your mere existence possible and of which ALL living entity depend upon is certainly not a fool.

        You looked the way you did prior for a certain reasons, certain reasons of which you failed to grasp and be content with.

        I’m really curious as to why certain individuals feel their facial and anatomical appearance deserves a ‘treat’ every now and again.

        What made you decide that your appearance (face) needed and fully deserves these specifics and marvelous ‘treats’ of which you undertook upon?

        Surely you would agree that people tend to never or rarely change things that they are content with in life?

        Hence, it’s said: the truth of why and how we became what we have become lies within our conscious.

        Well, I would hope you are now content with life and all.

  7. @G*****,

    Tina apologies, first time I am posting and I’m swearing. Gabe you are an asshole.
    And a fool.

    The statements that you made revealed your ignorant reasoning, no higher than the reasoning of a 2 year old.

    You are also obviously lacking in imagination, are narrow minded and most likely lack creativity – because only boring people like you would not understand why people seek change or enjoy change.

    Unevolved cavemen such as yourself would continue to eat your own sh*^ because it’s what you have always eaten and been content eating all your life. I’m sure it would not occur to your single cell brain that sh&^ tastes like sh^& and maybe you should eat something else other than sh*^.

    • @Outraged: No need to apologise and totally understand your anger – it’s part of the reason why I wrote this blog piece!

      Unfortunately there will always be people who think that even wearing makeup is a sign of insecurity, when like you said, it’s simply enjoying change and enjoying being the best version of yourself.

      Do we study and read books because we are “unhappy” with our knowledge? Do we get married because we are “unhappy” with being single? I would think that we do those things to improve ourselves and a life we already love.

      When you think about it, people who believe the only reason for change are feelings of discontentment, are just plain negative, and/or making excuses for their own laziness for their own mediocrity. THAT is someone I would never want to be.

      • You,

        “Enjoying being the best version of yourself.”

        Surely you will agree with that prior to wishing to be “the best version of yourself” – you must either have sensed or believed that the presence YOU is not.

        What made you think you were not “the best version of yourself” prior to wanting and wishing to “the best version of yourself?

        And I would think people get “married” for the SOLE purpose of monopoly, the fictitious notion in wanting exclusive right to one another.

        As for the last nonsensical phrase, I would suggest to you to do thorough reflection within.

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