The other day, the entire family went to shopping together. While waiting, one of the salesmen said, “I like the color of your skin.” He’s black, over 6 foot tall, bit like Al Franken, and gay. “I am sorry?” I was totally unexpected anything remotely like this. He repeated it. With his soft Southern twang, I had to ask one more time before I finally caught on what he’s saying. My kids would usually come in to rescue me, but they didn’t this time. I was dumb founded, not knowing how to response – my skin color? Felt bit too close of an encounter. Then thought my usual joke, salvage that awkward moment by saying “Oh, thanks. I like yours too. .. I am one third African.” The whole store broke off laughing, and started to argue about the possibility of 1/3 gene. They came up with overwhelm conviction that it is possible :).
While we’re on the topic of skin color, I just read about this first-ever tanning salon opened in Beijing. Is this an indicator that China finally got over the fair skin obsession? If so, I suspect it would only be a tiny %. .. .. Because many dark skinned women (of other ethnics as well) are still using skin-lightening cream, as if the whiter they’re the prettier, even risk their health.
Also my view on Chinese prefer small breasts is dated or only dated in the US – the breast augmentation procedure ranks #1 for Hispanics and #2 for Asian-Americans among minorities. How much influence did the large breast avatars in games have on this trend?