American Media, Your Next Goal Is To Represent East Asian Women Of ALL Sizes

American Media, Your Next Goal Is To Represent East Asian Women Of ALL Sizes

East Asian women should be encouraged to embrace their bodies too, especially for those who don't exactly fit into what many see as the standard for Asian beauty.


When it comes to East Asian women, there is a very specific view of what they should look like. People often expect them to be small and thin, with sleek, straight black hair. This is not what all East Asian women look like, but it is certainly what most of the East Asian women succeeding in American media look like.

Popular Asian-American actresses like Constance Wu, Lana Condor, and Kelly Marie Tran, all seem to fit this description. And it isn't their fault. I'm happy to see their success since Asian-Americans are so underrepresented. The issue is not that these women are succeeding, it's the perception of what Asian beauty should be. There is enough pressure to fit a certain body type in many Asian-American households, with these same beauty standards being widespread in East Asian countries.

In the United States, women are beginning to promote body positivity, with many of them being more open about their bodies on social media, and a number of plus-size models, such as Ashley Graham, speaking out about issues of inclusion in the modeling industry. What's missing from these movements is Asian women. Yes, of course, there are some, but Asian-American women seem to be rarely represented in these discussions of body positivity. East Asian women should be encouraged to embrace their bodies too, especially for those who don't exactly fit into what many see as the standard for Asian beauty.

Everyone deserves to see themselves being represented and to see that they can succeed no matter what they look like. Going forward, I hope to see more Asian plus-size models being celebrated. There are already some steps being taken in South Korea, with models like Taylor Tak promoting size inclusivity in the modeling industry. Hopefully, this extends to Asian women in the United States as well. It's been a great year for Asian-American representation, and I'd love to see this continue with Asian women of all sizes.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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These 4 Highlights Show How 2018 Has Been The Year Of Asian Representation

Asian people are no longer the sidekick or have a ridiculously incorrect accent. They are now the stars of the show!


2018 has been an amazing year for Asian representation. From sports to films, representation is at an all-time high. Here are some highlights from this year.

1. Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim rocked the slopes and broke records during her time at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal at the age of seventeen. She also was the first woman to land a frontside double cork 1080 in halfpipe. Her achievements on the slopes show the amazing work ethic she has which she says she got from her immigrant parents. Her father came to the states with $800 and a Korean to English dictionary. Her father was able to work his way up to an engineering degree, but gave it up so that Chloe could snowboard. Their heartwarming story served as an inspiration for many Asian-Americans.

2. "Crazy Rich Asians" and "To All The Boys I've Loved Before"

Both of these movies changed how cinema views Asians. Asian people are no longer the sidekick or have a ridiculously incorrect accent. They are now the stars of the show! Both movies were released in August and are still making waves. Netflix revealed that "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" was one of the most rewatched original movies on the platform. The Covey sisters were absolutely adorable and the plot of the movie captured the hearts of many.

"Crazy Rich Asians" became the highest-grossing romantic comedy of the year making over $169 million in sales.

I personally loved both of these movies because I've never seen anyone that looked like me on the big screen as the lead. Both movies made me cry tears of joy knowing cinema is taking the right step forward with diversity in its cast.

3. BTS

Korean pop is making its way across the world as seen by the success of BTS in the states. BTS became the first K-Pop group to speak at the United Nations. The group uses their music to advocate for the youth. BTS was chosen to be the ambassador of the "Love Myself" campaign which advocates against youth violence.

4. Sandra Oh

To put a cherry on top of the year, Sandra Oh was chosen to host the Golden Globes with Andy Samberg. Sandra Oh has the chance to win and host during the same night for her role in the "Killing Eve."

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