Apparently, many South Koreans are taking that to... the
knife. Smile surgeries, such as the Smile-Lipt, are one of the latest
fads in Seoul surgery. For a mere $2,000, you, too, can smile forever.
I always wanted to look more Korean (I live in Alaska, most
people think I'm Alaska Native), but it seems that Koreans want to look
less Korean? Eyelid surgery was always known to us; Mema had double
eyelid surgery. Make-up tattoos have been known of for a while; Mema
said she wanted to "always wake up looking beautiful". These were things
known, but never spoken of. Double eyelid surgery is, allegedly, so
commonplace now that they don't even refer to it as surgery anymore.
And it's not just for women! South Korea has the HIGHEST number of
plastic surgeries per capita. There's even one of those tumblr pages dedicated to it. Is K-pop to blame?
I don't know exactly how old this website is, but you gotta check out Seoulistic.com! The videos and articles are hilarious and ring OH SO TRUE! (Old school Korean punishment, anyone? Thoughts on dating? . . . )
It was a very short interview with Jay Kang, but I'm glad it was done at all. Mr. Kang spoke of "han", the idea of "The Korean Dad", and the stereotyping of Korean Americans and shootings.
I am curious to continue the conversation... I am curious to hear your thoughts and especially the thoughts of our fellow Kimchi Mamas who live in the SF/Oakland area. Were there any memorials? Articles in your local paper(s)?
What was your reaction when this happened? How do you feel about it now? And how do you feel about it now within the context of the Virginia Tech shootings 5 years ago this month? And within the context of the Newtown Massacre?
How do you think this affected the Korea/Korean American community locally? Nationally?
How do you think culture played a part?
(Angie in Texas)
*I purposely did not use the names of the shooters in any the events.
parent of a ‘tween I found myself at the mall with my daughter the other day.
It was right after school and she was still in her all-girls school uniform.
walked by one of the kiosks, a young man stopped her and asked if she went to
ABC Private School – he recognized the uniform as the uniform of his all-boys
high school alma mater’s sister school. He was indeed correct – except my
daughter is in the sister school’s middle school.
it’s the “Asians don’t look their age” stereotype or maybe it’s because she was
in uniform or maybe because she’s tall for her age but as she said yes and I
gave my best KDS (Korean Death Stare) to this young man and gently guided her
down the hall, I had a mix of remembering the feelings of being mistaken as older at that age and what it may mean for my daughter..and me as her mom.
the faster-than-the-speed-of-light economic growth in China, and young people
flooding in from rural areas to the bustling cities in search of jobs and
opportunities, a saying has developed about this group of new-to-the-city young
women: The software doesn’t match the hardware. Kind of creepy when you think
about it. Here’s a young woman in search of opportunity and she has been
reduced to an electronic, a cliché, because she’s attractive but
in the United States are guilty of perpetuating some of that concept, too. Look
around: magazine covers, tv shows, music . . . Have you tried shopping for
“cute” girl clothes recently? Listened to the actual lyrics of some popular songs. Next
time you’re at the grocery store take the time to glance over the covers of magazines specifically designed for your teen!
fellow moms and I complain about the lack of appropriate clothing, the
pressures our girls face to wear make-up, shave their legs and have first
dates/first kisses, etc. And because many of these concepts were foreign to my
mother, the "right" way to navigate through them are in many ways foreign to me.
remember the first time you were mistaken as being older than you really were (as a 'tween/teen)?
Angie in Texas is practicing her KDS for all future boys...
Have you ever wondered which celebrity you resembled the most? Now you can with a free iPhone app called "Korean Celeb Face Match" (also available for Android here)! My mom actually introduced this app to me, can you believe it? How times have changed!
It's fun and simple: you can take a photo using the app itself, or upload an existing one from your photo stream, confirm where your face is, then they guess your age and give you your result.
Here are my results using the same picture, so that tells you something about the scientific precision of it all, but it's great fun nonetheless, even with non-Asian faces. (Note: the writing is in Korean because my mom had the Korean version installed, the one we are linking to is in English.)
Julie vs. Moon Hee Jun
Julie vs. Kim Hyun Ah
I'm a little mortified at the Moon Hee Jun comparison, because he was hands-down my little sister's favorite member of H.O.T., and I used to make fun of him and his eyebrows all the time (I mean come on, how could anyone look past Kang Ta? Amirite, ladies???). Now I look at him, and I think he looks like Jack White. Does that mean I look like Jack White???
And I have no idea who Kim Hyun Ah is, but I appreciate being compared to a 21-year-old female vs. a 35-year-old male the second time around!
Try this out and let me know what your results are! Have fun!
The charming men of the National Film Society recently gathered together a group of notable Asian Americans (including Kimchi brethren Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man, Randall Park, and Joy Osmanski), dubbed them "The Asian Avengers," and dished about the the cornucopia (or the lack thereof) of Asian role models they had when they were young: