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British Company Trying To Convince Not-Hairy Chinese Women They’re Actually Hairy So They’ll Buy Stuff

I can still remember that day in sixth grade P.E. when a classmate casually pointed out to me that I had leg hair–a fact I hadn’t noticed before–while every other girl in gym class grades sixth through eighth did not, due to their early induction into some Pre-Adolescent Depilation Illuminati group that no one, up to that point, had bothered to clue the immigrants’ kid in on.

While this sent me into a sudden shame spiral from which I’ve never quite recovered, my near-hairless mother failed to grasp the epicness of the knowledge that had just been dropped on me, and refused to buy me a razor.

“If you shave, the hair will only grow back thicker,” she said. “Besides, Chinese girls don’t have leg hair.”

Fortuitously, a year after that, my older brother started growing peach fuzz on his face, and when he got a razor, I got one to steal. After he cut his face a couple times on its dullness, he figured out what was happening and reported me to my parents, and I was finally given a razor of my own, mostly to prevent a sibling war.

I was reminded of all of this when I read that a British personal-care products company, Reckitt Benckiser Group, has been aggressively marketing hair-removal products to Chinese women by doing exactly what my gym classmate did to me all those years ago–appealing to their sense of shame. Businessweek reports that when Reckitt Benckiser first introduced the hair-removal product “Veet” to China in 2005, sales were slow because most Chinese women “don’t have much body hair, and those who do didn’t worry about it.” So Reckitt Benckiser began constructing a marketing plan to create a need for their product by…creating the worry. Aditya Sehgal, who heads up the company in China, describes their marketing strategy this way: Continue reading British Company Trying To Convince Not-Hairy Chinese Women They’re Actually Hairy So They’ll Buy Stuff

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian: Binders Full Of Links!

Jeremy Lin is bringing Linsanity to Houston (much to Jen’s delight), and to the cover of GQ magazine’s November issue. [GQ]

George Takei wrote in memory of Matthew Shepard for National Coming Out Day, which was October 11. [That Blog Is So Takei!]

Democratic candidate for Congress Tammy Duckworth and Republican congressman and Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh squared off in what became a heated debate on October 9. Duckworth is the challenger in the race to represent Illinois’ eighth congressional district. [Chicago Tribune]

As long as we’re talking about politics, you’ve already registered to vote, right? If you haven’t, please accept my official stamp of DISGRASIAN DISAPPROVAL and then go register already. [18 Million Rising]

Our friends at YOMYOMF are excited about Soineya, a Tokyo “cuddle café” where customers pay money to nap and cuddle with cute girls. [YOMYOMF]

New York taxi driver Mansoor Khalid is the sweetest man in town. Inspired by memory of his 2-year-old son, who died in April from heart disease, he keeps sweet treats to give to passengers of his “NYC Candy Cab.” [New York Daily News]

Our pal Molly Lambert is serious about her admiration for comedic actress Olivia Munn. [Grantland]

This is no laughing matter, though: some women in Hong Kong have died after having a beauty procedure that’s actually meant to treat cancer patients. [Jezebel]

Thank Apple and their new Maps app for showing us all where where Taiwan’s secret military installations are. [Shanghaiist]

British Sign Language signers will no longer use slanted eyes to indicate a Chinese person, nor point to their foreheads for a person from India. [Daily Mail]

So there’s this vest that will hug you whenever someone likes a photograph, video, or status update on your Facebook wall, and I want one, so somebody get me this for Christmas or my birthday, okay? [Melissakitchow.com]

Is it just me, or is this billboard advertising jewelry in India with, you know, an actual live lady trapped in a huge necklace, kinda creepy? [BuzzFeed]

Episode one of Eddie Huang’s video series for Vice, “Fresh Off the Boat,” is up, and it looks delicious and awesome. [YouTube]

While Jenny An won’t date Asian dudes, and Clarissa Wei thinks Asian boyfriends (or just hers) are superior (an issue Jen wrote about here), Mic Nguyen refuses to date himself. [Hyphen]

Ashley Quach illustrated a beautiful tribute to her old college pal, Grace Lee, who is on life support after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Until very recently, Lee wanted to be taken off life support in opposition to her parents’ wishes. [Sassquach]

“I doubt someone like Fisher would understand how her background made it easier for her to be a competitive college candidate in the first place.” An Ebony magazine op-ed considers affirmative action, discrimination, and Abigail Fisher, whose case against the University of Texas at Austin is currently being heard by the Supreme Court. [Ebony]

14 year old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is in stable condition after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week. She was targeted for being a vocal supporter of education for girls in her country. [India Today]

While President Obama was the victor in the second presidential debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney, Romney’s comment about requesting “binders full of women” is a viral hit on the internet. BuzzFeed rounded up their 23 best Twitter jokes. [BuzzFeed]

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When I Grow Up, I Want To Be This Little Girl

From there. their. they’re:

Goodbye Mister Armstrong.

my 5yo. daughter doesn’t want to be a fairy or a princess. she wants this 1 size too small astronaut costume. who am I to say no? individuality is encouraged in our household. you can be whatever you want to be my darling daughter.

[via LA Times: Reader Photos: Best of September]

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Save The Children Sends Out Cringe-y Caricatured Holiday Gift Package

I don’t want to bag on an organization like Save The Children, which I’ve supported and will continue to support, but I’m giving them the side-eye–a seriously slanty, caricatured side-eye–for the mailing they sent out this week asking for holiday donations.

The mailing included wrapping paper and gift tags drawn by children, which in theory is quite sweet, except in this case:

I thought this kind of rendering of Asian people died out last century, only to be carried on in this day and age by a select few, namely bitter baristas, overpriced Italian housewares companies, and, um, racists?

It appears from the copyright on this particular wrapping paper that the artwork is, in fact, from 1994. I’m willing to bet even the artist, “Laura, Age 14,” would look at this now and cringe, chalking it up to the ignorance of her youth.

[Save the Children]

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The University Of Texas At Austin Has Race Problems, But Affirmative Action Ain’t One

Two big stories involving the University of Texas at Austin emerged in the past week, and both of them center around race. The first is about a series of incidents that happened between June and September, in which black and Asian students at UT were “bleach-bombed,” i.e. hit with bleach-filled balloons, near campus. The attacks sparked a protest march last Tuesday, and both the campus and Austin police are currently investigating. The second is about a case that was brought before the Supreme Court Wednesday by Abigail Fisher, a 22 year-old recent graduate of LSU, who’s suing UT because she believes she was denied admission four years ago due to the school’s affirmative-action admissions policy, and because she is white.

Abigail Fisher, Reject

Texas state law requires its public colleges and universities to automatically admit Texas applicants if they’ve graduated in the top ten percent of their class, which Fisher did not. Roughly three-quarters of Texas applicants are admitted under this Top Ten program. In 2008, the year Fisher would have matriculated if she had been accepted, 81 percent of all incoming freshmen enrolled under it. The remaining in-state and out-of-state applicants who do not get in under this program are, according to the NY Times, “considered under standards that take account of academic achievement and other factors, including race and ethnicity.”

Fisher’s lawyers are arguing that the race-neutral Top Ten program at UT creates enough ethnic and racial diversity alone.  According to the AP, however, during a period in the 90′s when UT wasn’t practicing affirmative action, “diversity numbers plummeted.” The university is arguing that it needs to maintain its affirmative action program in order to achieve a “critical mass” of diversity. UT’s director of admissions, Dr. Kedra Ishop, told the Times that diversity “helps students overcome biases and make contributions to a diverse society,” adding, “The role of U.T. Austin is to provide leadership to the state.”

In comments following arguments Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia sounded skeptical of the university’s diversity goals. Roberts wondered Continue reading The University Of Texas At Austin Has Race Problems, But Affirmative Action Ain’t One

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Halloween, Gangnam Style

It occurred to me this morning that every other Asian brotha–and some sistas–on the Halloween-celebrating planet will probably be going as PSY this year. (And, as a Twitter friend pointed out, those who don’t will likely have “Oppa Gangnam Style” shouted at them anyway. Cringe.) Idolator’s posted a handy How-To Guide on how to dress like the Most Famous Asian of 2012, including where to buy that iconic powder-blue tux.

Idolator even details where to buy PSY’s lady posse outfits, though going as somebody’s backup dancer for Halloween when you could be anything else in the world seems particularly weak sauce, on the same spectrum of creativity as all Sexy Whatever costumes.

And if there’s a Gangnam Style sidekick to be, wouldn’t it be way more fun to be the old lady in the visor on the bus?

[Idolator: PSY Halloween Costume: A How-To Guide]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

Ever wonder what Filipinos think? Our pals at the National Film Society get to asking in honor of Filipino American Heritage Month. [YouTube]

New York resident Christine Lee is the first Korean American woman ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. [DNAInfo.com]

Could the secret to growth for America in this century be more Asians? [The Atlantic]

Remember last week when we told you about Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, who was offering $65 million to any man who could marry his lesbian daughter Gigi? Of course you do. Now would it surprise you to learn that Sacha Baron Cohen is adapting this story into a movie? [Gawker]

Kind of fascinating, kind of terrifying, Ukrainian teenager Anastasiya Shpagina is a real-life Anime girl. [Huffington Post]

White dude, Asian lady couples are turning up in commercials quite a bit lately, experts explain why this particular interracial pairing gets more play than others. [Washington Post]

Apparently some racist shitheads at the University of Texas in Austin threw bleach-filled balloons at black and Asian students. [ABC News]

This is heart-breaking: while doctors at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, NY insist that 28 year-old Grace Lee, who’s been unable to move or speak since being diagnosed with a brainstem tumor in 2011, wishes to be taken off life support, her parents have a video they claim proves otherwise. [New York Times]

An update to the Grace Lee story: Lee changed her mind over the weekend, and has decided that she does want to continue to live the rest of her life after all. [New York Times]

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Bagel Heads: “New Japanese Trend” Is Neither New Nor A Trend

Last week the Internet was all abuzz about “Bagel Heads,” this supposedly “new” body modification trend in Japan where people inject saline under their skin so their heads look like they’re exploding with delicious breakfast bread product for about 24 hours, just add schmear.

‘Bagel Head’ Saline Forehead Injections: Japan’s Hot New Beauty Trend?, the Huffington Post wondered.

‘Bagel Heads’: Shocking New Trend in Japan, Yahoo! News warned.

And the Herald Sun got a little punny with their reporting, titling their story on the fad, Bagel heads: A hole new trend.

The only problem with this “new” trend is that it isn’t new at all. The story of Bagel Heads first went viral in 2009, when the UK’s Bizarre Mag reported on it. The first line of the Bizarre post was quick to state, “This extreme body modification isn’t new, but it’s growing in popularity.” Many blogs and media outlets picked up the story then–which is when we blogged about it–including the premiere underground trendwatching paper of its time, The New York Times. Two years later, in 2011, Vice interviewed Ryoichi “Keroppy” Maeda, a photographer and journalist who’s been documenting the underground body modification scene in Japan for the last 20 years and who also happens to be the man who brought saline injections to the country. Maeda said in that interview that the bagel head thing had been going on “since 2007.” After that, still more blogs and media outlets picked up on the “new” (again) trend, with Neatorama declaring Continue reading Bagel Heads: “New Japanese Trend” Is Neither New Nor A Trend

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

So apparently John Cho (before he was famous) met Morrissey (who has been famous for a long time, and is still famous now) once in a pool hall frequented by Filipino gangsters. There is nothing about this story that is not awesome. [Vulture]

Twitter user (and friend of Jen) @joshbearman found Jen’s car! Those vanity plates give you away every time. [Twitter]

Telev-Asian? Here is a list of Asian actors featured on new fall shows on broadcast networks. [Hollywood Invasian]

Hari Kondabolu of “Totally Biased” considers the visibility and successes of Indians on television: “You can’t just make up random racist shit and pretend it’s true!” [YouTube]

“The Mindy Project” has only just debuted this week on Fox, and there is already a backlash from bloggers and TV writers against the show’s creator and star, Mindy Kaling. Nisha Chittal weighs in for Racialicious. [Racialicious]

Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao is offering $65 million to the man who can get his Continue reading Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

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