Growing Up Fat in a Skinny Asian World

When you’re a child, all you want to be is like everyone else. You feel the pressure to fit in and be cool. You don’t want to be noticed for being different. As a little Asian girl, you feel the added societal pressure of being skinny and beautiful.  Growing up, I was not “like everyone else” or “beautiful”. I...

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Asian Beauty “Standards”

A standard is an “average” or “norm” or “common factor”. Yet, ironically, when ever we talk about standards in terms of beauty, we inflate them to the point of impossibility. Sure we call them “high” but high is at least attainable. Beauty standards around the world have become unrealistic for the...

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