Haven’t you heard? Oppressed Asian girls went bippity boppity boo and got a badass makeover to prove they were just as legally American as a blonde.
So many once quiet and submissive silky dark haired asian women bleached their hair and ganged together that they made an emoji of us!
The New York Times, just reported that Asian girls were bleaching their hair as an act of rebellion, to mimic Asian celebrities rather than white Americans, to signal generational difference of thought from their parents, and to take back identity with hair bleach! Asian girls didn’t have identity before their hair turned white…. Duh! In fact no brunette has an identity before they go blonde.
Brunettes who want to “shake up their look” and happen to be asian are worthy of a New York fucking Times feature. Sorry white girls, you’re not newsworthy.
Everyone has their own story and opinion and she refers to herself as being perceived as a “perpetual foreigner.” Thoughts become things, so she is what she thinks, but if she understood today’s culture and generation, then she would get that it’s the wild wild west and the new American Dreamers are simply harajuku burners who don’t know they’re thinking and feeling like burners.What’s a burner? It’s a feeling.
Look the way you feel. Move the way you feel. Do what you feel. Do you.
You don’t need to go to burning man to burn your walls down… or fry your brown hair.
This song goes with the feeling of the article. Listen & experience. Song: All We Need by Odeza
If nothing else, it’s simply fashion. Even blondes are going blonder. It’s that MARKETED hastagable #feminist look that companies like Ellevest, girlboss, and Vice currently brand their content with. Look around, platinum blonde blunt cuts are repped by TLGer’s, millennials, and gen-babes everywhere.
Admitted by Cheng’s linkedin, she graduated from college in 2010, which most likely makes her part of The Last Generation. She’s written about pretty things like, 7 Snacks Fashion Girls Eat and Black Leggings that will Make You Break Up with your pants. She got the privilege to write about real culture in NYTs, yet she interviewed an older generation to analyze the current generation and culture and why they’re doing what they are doing. We must look to the past for the future, but they got it wrong. It’s not that asians are going blonde as a form of cultural appropriation. Platinum blonde is just simply a look, a trend that all colored girls are wearing including Kim K; asians just happen to stand out with blonde hair due to their olive skin color. With the nonstop growth and social prominence of instagram, it’s just becoming more of a trend because blonde asians make for a really pretty badass looking photos.
Instagram’s most famous platinum Asian, Vanessa Hong from the @thehautepursuit, is undoubtedly striking. No one knew who she was before she went through the scalp burning process, but she’s not trying to not look like a foreigner or to fit in with American girls. She’s doing her thing really really well. A non-millennial, Erin Khue Ninh stated in the NYT write-up, “We’re the group that’s always told to go back where we came from, and it’s partly because we have a very strong immigrant population, so we all get bundled in regardless of whether we’re fourth generation or first — to everyone, you look like a foreigner.” This statement is true, but not for millennials. It’s stereotyping a stereotype. If you’re part of TLG (early 30s or almost) and you’re asian, then yes as a child you 100% experienced being stereotyped as an asian, but future forward here.
Think future forward because the west changes faster than the wild.
It’s offensive when a white person says to an asian person “You’re practically white” or “You’re a Twinkie. Yellow on the outside and white on the inside,” because a white person will never fully get it- what it feels like to have brown skin. But if you are an female asian millennial born in America, then yes your asian parents may still have had different expectations of you to get good grades in school and be obedient-ish, but frankly you’re not a foreigner and you likely are one of the most privileged in this country. Asians aren’t known for violence, for being dumb, or shallow, or poor. If asian’s going blonde is cultural appropriation, then it’s asian’s taking the dumb out of blonde. Asian women are known for being beautiful, smart, and adaptable to many cultures from whites, Mexicans, and blacks.
“When I think asian, I think smart as fuck and Satoshi.”-said TLG white guy in Crypto
Yeah not all asians are smart or good at math or rich, but what do you think of when you think of black women, or white women, or indian women… We all have thoughts. Not to dismiss history, six decades ago America threw Asian’s into internment camps and if you’re a millennial with Asian American parents, then your parents did go through some serious and upsetting stereotyping, violence, and racism, but bleaching your hair has nothing to do with cultural appropriation or rebellion in 2018…
What’s this “Cultural Appropriation Bullshit.
Think white girls singing Chris Brown’s Freaky Friday lyrics,
“What up, my nigga? (woo) What up, my nigga?
Big ups, my nigga, we up, my nigga
You pussy ass nigga, man, fuck y’all niggas
‘Cause I’m that nigga, nigga, nigga, nigga
I’m that nigga”
without ever thinking of a black person. They sing the words with no meaning just because it’s a catchy tune. If more white people sang it loud and proud… well it would be disrespectful and wrong. Words have meaning.
It, cultural appropriation, is the adoption of elements from a minority culture to a dominant culture, hence watering down the importance and history of the element. A.k.a it’s a meaningless use of something that has meaning to a culture without second thought, which ultimately takes away from what’s special and meaningful about it to those who identify with it.
Do wearing bunny ears take away from the cuteness of bunnies? Yeah yeah, Kanye lynch me now.
There’s been a lot of “trend” about a white girl wearing a Chinese dress to her prom. What year is it?
— Keziah (@daumkeziah) April 22, 2018
How were hats invented? Back in the day, some OG wrapped a sheet around his/her head to block the sun. Some cultures kept the sheets and named the wraps turbans, but essentially anyone wearing a hat is wearing an evolved redesigned turban. The forehead is beautiful, yet we don’t decorate it. In hindu culture bindis once represented blood sacrifices, then morphed into signifying wedlock (because shit marriages can be a sacrifice in some cultures), BUT if we are as open as we all claim to be, bindi’s should be able to represent a culture AND ALSO a simple form of decoration. A gem on the forehead is really pretty and any one has the right to put what they want on their body without consequence. One may argue that the more we dismiss cultural significance, the less history will be remembered, but that’s the whole point of The Last Generation… remembering the past and learning from it in the wild wild west- the WWW. It’s our job as humans to remember and respect culture and beliefs regardless of “culture appropriation.” It’s as simple as that- thought and education. Wearing all black was once a symbol of mourning, but now it still represents the same thing. We wear all black to funerals, but it’s also just a fashion statement of choice…
If an Asian girl bleaches her hair, does it make her less Asian? Are Asians taking something from blonde culture? Are they all going to go to law school now and join a sorority? No because they were already doing that shit when they were brunette!!!
It’s a look.
If you are a brunette, going blonde is fucking scary. The thoughts that come to your mind are “Is my hair going to burn? How much is this going to cost me? Will it look good on me? What if I damage my hair and have to shave my head?” Even Brad Mondo, a Youtuber, has made his entire social media career off of bleach fails! (he’s my favorite rabbit hole to go down) Blonde AZN babe Youtuber, NamiiCho, introduces all her videos by speaking in Japanese before going into her latest fabulous bleach fail (she’s my glimmer of hope every time I go in for my third-process-in-a-row root bleach).
The thoughts are NOT “I am going to prove to everyone that I think I differently from my parents by bleaching my hair.” nor “I want to look more American.” Usually when a brunette goes blonde they want to look more foreign from everyone, to stand out like a unicorn. 🦄
It’s scary as phuck to go platinum, trust me, I know. Every time I bleach my roots I pray to God and when my hair starts to fall out, I think, “Oh shit, I went to far. This is it. I have to go Brittany.”
Personally, before I went blonde I started to wear bindis and colored contacts because they made me feel good. When you wear a smile, you feel happier. When I wear things that look foreign on me, I feel more foreign and that’s how I feel. I wore colored contacts in high school then stopped after, but a year ago when I came out of the closet as defiantly just ME, I adopted my own Kanyeezy-esque slogan “Look the way you feel.”
Song: Spice up your life, by Spice Girls
I feel different from others, I feel that my thoughts are new and that I just don’t fit in any box, and so I wanted to look that way. My look changes every day to every different type of Spice Girl. Some days I’m sporty, others I’m posh, and most I’m scary! When I bleached my hair, something did change. It did boost my confidence, it did help me push my look further into the bizarre direction it’s gone in, but it had nothing to do with being Asian, it had everything to do with being young, free, and human.
Which spice girl are you?
I’m so Yeezy, emoji made an emoji of me!
But for real babes, it’s a look. Look the way you feel.
Spice up your life.
In a recent issue of Harper’z Bazzar, I opened the cover to see that Gucci had “appropriated” Hieronymus Bosch’s oil painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights into a burn-esque fashion adaptation statement. The feelings, so many feeling when I saw it because to me, it’s exactly how I feel about today and the future. It represented the past, present, and future of humans.
We may never collectively get there together, but you can, your mind can get there or here.
Moral of the Story
When Cinderella put on a dress she felt confident enough to go to the ball and meet her man. Some magic and a dress didn’t take away from the years she was talking to mice and scrubbing floors. The Prince eventually found out she wasn’t a princess because you can’t hide who you are.
Going blonde doesn’t hide tan skin, slanted eyes, your roots, your blood, or race.
To the writer of the NYT article, Andrea Cheng
Do yo thing girl! Thanks for opening the conversation! The title isn’t calling you an old fashioned phuck, just a metaphor for how our state-of-minds constantly goes to oppression. Not everyone is oppressed, especially brunettes! Sending you hug vibes, you don’t have to accept. <3 Olaplex is legit AF if you ever want to come to the light side! Congrats on getting to write on such powerful journalistic outlets… Wish I could!
I was born in a small town where there were two asian girls. I was severely bullied and slut shamed for looking different. I hated being asian, i hated other asians, and I was very ashamed of being asian because my mom was white. At a young age, when I learned Michael Jackson bleached his skin white, I cried to my mom begging her to bleach my skin. I didn’t learn to love myself for being asian until after college and if anything I feel like I’ve lost time to understand the foundation of my culture and to make asian friends. Going blonde never had anything to do with taking away from what I love so much about myself now. If anything I wish i was more asian!
oh…. and blondes do have more fun! it’s a fact!!!
In Other News
Kanye isn’t wrong. You are what you think. Don’t let the tides wash your thoughts.
*I don’t have the privilege of having an editor or getting paid to write…. sooo if you spot a typo, tell me! 🙏🏾
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Written by Mel Blanchard Gong, from millennial culture blog and magazine The Last Generation