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    How many of you have never seen anyone who looks like you in a cosmetics advertisement? The lucky ones of us who have seen an Asian woman in an advertisement, immediately recognized the token Asian. Not to mention the struggle to find shades of makeup that match your skin. The saleswoman gets increasingly flustered as she swatches seven shades of orange foundation on your neck. Nothing matches. You leave the store feeling as though you should be angry about this, but it has happened too many times to matter. The founder of Orcé Cosmetics, Yu-Chen Shih feels the same way. That’s why she started the first American cosmetics line for…

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    An In-Depth Look At The First American Cosmetics Line For Asian Women

    In this interview, we got the chance to sit down with the founder and CEO of Orcé Cosmetics, Yu-Chen Shih, and talk about her vision for Orcé Cosmetics. Write one-two paragraphs for each one, please!   What is included in your definition of Asian- what countries or geographic regions? All the way from India in South Asia to Singapore in South-East Asia, Turkey in West Asia, Kazakhstan in Central Asia and Japan in East Asia. It seems like people often think of Asians as only consisting of the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans – but in fact, there are 48 countries in the continent of Asia. Through Orcé, one of my…

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    Making A Mark On The Beauty Industry: Asian Women Who Made It

    By: Sydney Tsai   When I was a child and watched commercials for cosmetic brands such as Maybelline or haircare brands like Pantene, I always saw models on the television screen – although they were definitely beautiful with their gorgeous locks and perfect skin, I always felt “off” about seeing those advertisements.  Later on in life when I learned about the concept of POC representation, I realized that it was because they do not look like me. The beauty industry was dominated by caucasians for years since its rise in success but especially in recent years, Asian women have put their mark on the beauty industry in a variety of…

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    What Makeup Taught Me

    By: Maylene Dacanay What Makeup Taught Me   Society’s standard of beauty has been set so high that even the tiniest flaw and imperfection can be magnified under the scrutiny of thousands and millions of judging eyes. It is even made worse by social media, where one tweet or post can put you in the center of the world’s attention which makes it difficult to feel confidence in one’s own skin. One prominent issue concerning beauty standards is the impact of makeup on people and the stigma surrounding it.   Makeup as an Art Form There was a time when using makeup and cosmetics was considered taboo and pretentious. The…

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    White Pearl Review

    By: Natalie Cheung White Pearl  – Royal Court Theatre – London, UK Written by Anchuli Felicia King CAST: Kae Alexander, Farzana Dua Elahe, Arty Froushan, Katie Leung, Kanako Nakano, Minhee Yeo, Momo Yeung. “The ad campaign tells the story of a young dark-skinned Chinese woman who is left by her boyfriend for an evil lighter-skinned woman” The play is set in Singapore at the glossy headquarters of Clearday, a fast-growing cosmetic start-up. It follows the panic after the leak of a racist advertisement for their skin-whitening cream called White Pearl. The product is fictional but as many readers will know, whitening products are very very real. The satirical comedy provocatively…

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    Interview with Maurene Goo

    Maurene Goo is the author of several acclaimed books for young adults, including I Believe in a Thing Called Love and The Way You Make Me Feel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and cat, Maeby. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment, personal or professional? On a professional level, it would be being a published author, and being able to do it as a career. As a kid, I never would’ve dreamed that this is what I’d be doing. On a personal level, I put a lot of value on being a good friend and take a lot of pride and fulfillment in being a good friend. Did you…

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    The Impact of Beauty Standards Through An Asian, Millennial Lens

    By: Anjalika Padmottara I was once that impressionable adolescent who seeked ways to adhere to the thinness and euro-centric “ideals” that continue to be heavily projected in mainstream media. I was the tallest kid in class until middle school, which made me stand out like a sore thumb. I also developed physically faster than the majority of my female peers, which gradually made me slightly self conscious from late elementary to early middle school. Being a unique individual was a concept I couldn’t grasp at the time. I would often ask myself these two questions:   “What if, I had the opportunity to rip myself out of my body and start…

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    Interview with Cindu Thomas-George

    Cindu is an award winning tenured professor of Communication Studies at the College of Lake County specializing in Intercultural Communication. Additionally, Cindu is the Founder and Principal trainer of Shakti Diversity and Equity Training, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm.  As a diversity practitioner, she works with organizations across industries to provide professional development that promotes equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and cultural competence. It was her own lived experiences navigating childhood as the daughter of Indian immigrants in a predominately White suburb of Chicago and her experiences of teaching in Higher Education as a young woman of color that drew her to a career committed to promoting anti-racism, equity, and cultural competency. Cindu lives in…

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    Why Is Racism Against Asians Dismissed?

    By: Leia Oh Often times, when Asians speak up about racial issues we face, we’re silenced. People say it’s “just a joke” or “not a big deal.” Many are ignorant of the history of oppression we’ve dealt with and are unaware of many current occurrences of racial violence, hate crimes, or severe incidents of racism. Asian racial issues are too often brushed under the rug and ignored by the media. There are so many stereotypes and generalizations surrounding Asians, and our struggles are greatly overlooked. We get minimal representation, and a lot of people have preconceived ideas of us as individuals and the kinds of things we go through. One…

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    Filipino Beauty Inheritance

    By: Julia Martyr Filipino Beauty Inheritance   Illness isn’t the only thing the colonizers brought, but also eurocentric beauty ideals to pass down  from one generation to the next. “You’re so dark, you look like the help.”   Our people have internalized: the distaste of blackness  the cravings of whiteness. Clear your palate  or else— nothing will ever satisfy your appetite.   “Ah, maganda [so beautiful]! I wish my skin was as fair as hers.”   Value should not be assigned  based on the shade of your skin.   Pale skin translates to: wealth,sophistication, priviledge; The elites who could afford to escape harsh labor under the scorching sun.   Dark…