A sociologist has collected essays from Asian-American women about what it means to have their beauty judged according to how white their skin is. Photo: Shutterstock A sociologist has collected essays from Asian-American women about what it means to have their beauty judged according to how white their skin is. Photo: Shutterstock
A sociologist has collected essays from Asian-American women about what it means to have their beauty judged according to how white their skin is. Photo: Shutterstock

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Skin whitening, the prejudice against dark skin and how class in Asia was associated with pale skin long before white colonialism

  • Asian-American women explore the roots of the Asian preference for lighter skin and describe how this beauty standard affects them in a new anthology
  • One contributor, of Chinese and black heritage, says her biracial background often ‘made Chinese people uncomfortable’

Topic |   Racism and prejudice
A sociologist has collected essays from Asian-American women about what it means to have their beauty judged according to how white their skin is. Photo: Shutterstock A sociologist has collected essays from Asian-American women about what it means to have their beauty judged according to how white their skin is. Photo: Shutterstock
A sociologist has collected essays from Asian-American women about what it means to have their beauty judged according to how white their skin is. Photo: Shutterstock
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