A couple buddies of mine inspired me to post an old yearbook photo to Facebook today, a photo taken when my hair was permed and at its biggest, which elicited comments from women and men alike that they, too, had similar photo skeletons in the closet. Of course, when I demanded that they post said “Asians with Perms” photos, everyone balked. Said that shit was burned, destroyed, locked away forever.
Oh, really? WELL I CALL BULLSHIT.
See, the thing is, these photos are important. They’re a cultural document. I don’t think the next gen is going to have to resort to chemically-processing their hair to fit in, but we did. Normally, internalized racism vis-a-vis beauty–i.e. the things non-white people do to look like white people because that’s what’s considered beautiful–is sad and sometimes dangerous and also, um, sad, but, I’m sorry, Asians with perms are fuckin’ hilarious. Besides, everyone wants hair like ours now anyway, so no one will remember that things went the other way once upon a time, follically-speaking, unless we start an archive.
Which is why I present to you my new Tumblr…Fuck Yeah, Asians With Perms!
The inaugural photo is aforementioned and of yours truly. You’re welcome. The rest is up to you…now accepting submissions.
Filed under: Asians with Perms, Asians with Perms Tumblr, Beauty, Big Bangs, Big Hair, Curly Hair, Permanent Waves, Perms, Photos, Stuff Asian People Do To Look Like White People, The 80's, The 80's Were Rough On Everyone, The 90's Weren't Much Better, Yearbook Photos
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