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Unformatted text preview: Erica Lee SOC 313- Final Paper May 10, 2010 The Definition of Beauty in the Asian World There is a famous quote by Metadesign which states, “Beauty without depth is just decoration” . Needless to say, this quote is strongly reflected and acknowledged by our society today . Regardless of what gender or race you may be, we cannot neglect the fact that people have the tendency of being awed and swayed by someone’s outer appearance more than the inner-self . Therefore, our society is heavily dependent on looks . Then, the next question that may follow is: what is considered beautiful and attractive ? Living in the twenty-first century is the era of technological advancement and the media’s heavy impact on society; hence, people are heavily governed and influenced by the media . Therefore, I will incorporate and draw from the media to answer this question . Television, magazines, and music portray the prevalent image of the Caucasian skinny women as the ideal definition of beauty; we do not see much of women of color as the ideal definition of beauty . Taking this into mind, the Asian race greatly values and defines their standard of beauty as looking “American” . Therefore, the notion of “whiteness” has been consumed as the foremost means of being beautiful by the Asian community . My choice in choosing to further engage in this topic was to look into and analyze the Korean people from a Korean-American perspective . The fact that I was born and raised in the United States has not stopped me from having interest and engaging in the Korean culture, values and the media consumption . Compared to my Korean-American counterparts, I speak, write and read Korean fluently; therefore, many of my friends from Korea are dumbfounded when they later learn that I am a Korean- American . Surprisingly, I have struggled with my identity as a Korean-American . The typical Korean-American theoretically speaks the English language better than Korean and is culturally more “Americanized” . On the other hand, I was stuck between two worlds, living a life as a Korean-American and a Korean-Korean . Throughout middle school and high school, the majority of my friends were 1.5 generation Koreans who immigrated to the United States with their families at a young age . Back then, I did not question my identity and inevitably categorized myself as a 1.5 generation Korean until I stepped foot into college . My contact with international students encouraged me to explore and examine the two countries’ culture and value disparities . Throughout my three years in college, one thing I distinctly have noticed is international students from Korea highly considers and put an importance on their outer appearance and how others view them . Predominantly, international students are stereotyped to come from affluent families whose parents are able to support them financially overseas, thus making them able to afford luxuries and become materialistic ....
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2012 for the course SOC 313 taught by Professor Manis during the Spring '10 term at WPUNJ.
- Spring '10