By Dyske July 31st, 2007
Apparently this singer/model named Leah Dizon is big in Japan. According to Wikipedia, she is a mixture of Chinese, Filipino, and French. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her photos spread like a wildfire in Japan; so she decided to move to Japan. She is now singing in Japanese, wearing a super-mini skirt.
I recently noticed that TV in Japan is filled with half Asian and half White people, who are simply called “half”. I was shocked to find that even kid’s programs on TV have many “half” people. I suppose the “half” people represent the Japanese desire to be more international. What is interesting is that they no longer are interested in 100% White people. The overt idolization of white people is apparently over. They now prefer somewhere in between. I would imagine that this trend is also being fueled by the popularity of White-male Asian-female couples in the 80s and 90s. Their kids are now in their teens, ready to sing and dance.
The fundamental problem in Asia, when it comes to human beauty is that Asians do lack the variety that other races have. Just having natural brown hair, you would stand out among the sea of black hair. Some may see the Japanese idolization of white people as a racial issue (often described as self-hatred), but aesthetically speaking, it’s only natural that we are drawn to something that is rare and exotic. If you put a blue M&M among hundreds of red M&Ms, the former would seem very special. The same logic.
But with this logic, they should still be interested in idolizing 100% white people. It’s either that they simply got bored of the white people’s looks, or they became self-conscious of the racial issue. Not sure which.