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A Chinese university makes students prettier, richer and...whiter?
France24 ^ | 27/06/2014 | observer

Posted on 06/30/2014 8:47:20 AM PDT by csvset

“Hey, girls, college won’t just make you smarter… it will also make you prettier, richer and even whiter!” Chinese Internet users have been saying, making fun of a university in Beijing that published "before" and "after" photos of one of its students.

In what appears to be a bid to attract prospective students, Tsinghua University reposted photos of a student taken before and after her university years on its Weibo (a site similar to Twitter) page.

In the “after” photos, the student is dressed more fashionably and seems to have lighter skin. After her years of study, her appearance fits more closely with the beauty ideals esteemed in modern Chinese society, with many believing that the perfect woman is “white (bai), rich (fu) and beautiful (mei)” or “baifumei.”

The university kicked off a social media trend, as other female students began posting "before" and "after" photos to show how their undergraduate years had changed them for the better. One even captioned her “after” photo: “A better me”.

While the university may merely be expressing pride in its blossoming students, some young women say that a university shouldn’t be adverstising the physical attributes of its student body in order to attract enrollment.

“It’s wrong for a university to publicize itself in this way” Yaxue Wang is a student in Beijing.

Universities are about education, teaching and research. It’s wrong to for a university to publicize itself in this way. It isn’t serious enough... it gives the impression that female students put their best efforts into studying make-up instead of more intellectual subjects! This ad could easily be for a clinic specialising in cosmetic surgery. “These photos are just for fun.” But not all students are offended. One student who isn’t worried about the photos is Ocean Weng.

Tsinghua University is a reputed establishment… it doesn’t need to worry about whether students want to study there or not. The photos of “white, rich and beautiful” girls are just for fun. We don’t have to take them seriously.


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: baifumei; china; ifeelpretty; white

Where the white women at ?

It's the racist Chinese Tea Party!

1 posted on 06/30/2014 8:47:20 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Chinese have some pretty powerful tea, like that Gunpowder Green.

This is one thing we all should admire about the Chinese. They generally do not whine.


2 posted on 06/30/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: csvset

It is unfortunate that for most US colleges, the reverse happens.


3 posted on 06/30/2014 8:52:33 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: csvset

Progressives are such a puzzle, aren’t they? But, at least they’re not killing them. There are worse fates than conforming to the beauty ideals of a society.


4 posted on 06/30/2014 8:52:59 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: csvset

I honestly do not understand the motivation for skin lightening.


5 posted on 06/30/2014 8:53:30 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

For US colleges, the girls get heavier, poorer, and acquire a bad temperment.


6 posted on 06/30/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: csvset

In a sense they’re going for the opposite of redneck. Newly privileged to live indoors, they shed any tan they might have had from outdoor laboring, and have the resources to indulge in cosmetics and fancy hairdos and, of course, to be richer.

And there might be some Photoshopping (or Gimping) going on here with skin tones.


7 posted on 06/30/2014 8:54:45 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Army Air Corps

“I honestly do not understand the motivation for skin lightening.”

I am not sure I understand the motivation for tanning.


8 posted on 06/30/2014 8:55:34 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: staytrue

It would be an artifact of a life that can be lived indoors.


9 posted on 06/30/2014 8:56:06 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: staytrue

It would be an artifact of a life that can be lived indoors. (The light skin, not the tanning.)

The oriental ideal would be to live like an emperor or empress.


10 posted on 06/30/2014 8:56:59 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: csvset

Not just Chinese, Indians also do this. Most of the popular Indian Actors/Actresses use this and its available everywhere...


11 posted on 06/30/2014 9:00:32 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: wyowolf

They go to school to get whiter?


12 posted on 06/30/2014 9:06:55 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Hmmmm... Friendly, free-world China.

A place where it's still legal to joke about color.

13 posted on 06/30/2014 9:08:01 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("That's not funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!")
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To: Mrs. Don-o

There are certainly some things that are more permissible in Chinese society than in American.

I can’t see how even Chinese Communism could hope to buck this. It is ingrained in ancient Chinese culture, which insisted, among other things, that social wealth is glorious. So they have a kind of cafeteria Communism. Full Marxism with its austerity is not taken as seriously there as in other Communist regimes.


14 posted on 06/30/2014 9:11:52 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

lol.. no they have cremes etc that they use. Its a pretty big deal.. but I have no idea why.


15 posted on 06/30/2014 9:12:16 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: wyowolf

The Chinese answer to Porcelana, huh.

Actually it makes sense from a cultural viewpoint. If a Chinese lady looks like an empress who is always indoors, she will be considered to be a prettier woman due to the association with social power.


16 posted on 06/30/2014 9:16:17 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Army Air Corps

I suppose it’s possible that those Before pictures were taken after a summer spending a lot of time outdoors, and after four years of studying, she really is paler because she doesn’t get out as much. I mean, it’s a thought. I don’t know.


17 posted on 06/30/2014 9:17:39 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: A_perfect_lady

And look at the backgrounds. Some kind of agricultural field versus ivy. Etc.


18 posted on 06/30/2014 9:18:28 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

that could be I guess. But I do know that South Indians all try to look much “fairer” than there North Indian counterparts... the “fairer” the better...


19 posted on 06/30/2014 9:18:39 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: wyowolf

The tropical climate could accentuate the difference between the way indoor and outdoor people look?


20 posted on 06/30/2014 9:20:26 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Exactly. Suggests she spent the summer working outside, perhaps.


21 posted on 06/30/2014 9:24:20 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: A_perfect_lady

Pretty likely. There were some Pacific Island cultures that would send the female members of their nobility to “bleaching caves” to keep them from sunlight and, thereby, lighten their skin.


22 posted on 06/30/2014 9:28:48 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

True, but in Indias case most of the Southern people are “native” Dravidian and very dark, where more of the northern people are of Persian or other ME origin.


23 posted on 06/30/2014 9:40:28 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: wyowolf

So there would be a degree of actual race-ism.


24 posted on 06/30/2014 9:41:07 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Han Chinese are the most racist people on the face of the earth, bar none. They truly believe they are superior. What little concession they make toward western multiculturalist notions of equality is window dressing. Every race finds lighter skin more desirable. It likely has nothing to do with Caucasians, and much more to do with status due to not having to work outside in the fields. Very light skin was once desired even among Caucasians for the same reason. This was inverted in the 20th century, again for reasons of status. Much as obesity came to be associated not with plenty but with poverty, being pale came to be associated with having to work. The leisure class had free time to be outdoors and acquire a tan. This assumption is slowly cycling back to the historic norm, though.


25 posted on 06/30/2014 9:48:41 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You would think so, but they dont see it that way. There are 29 “states” each with its own language etc, yet they all feel “Indian”....

I guess you could compare it to North/South or West/East...

People in the west all think “back easterners” should stay there :)


26 posted on 06/30/2014 9:54:19 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: csvset
The lighter skin is a result of the bleaching effect of the toxic chemicals in Beijing's air.
27 posted on 06/30/2014 10:03:20 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: wyowolf
that could be I guess. But I do know that South Indians all try to look much “fairer” than there North Indian counterparts... the “fairer” the better...

I've occasionally been on forums where Indians and Pakistanis post, and how to make the skin "fair" is discussed often and with no apologies.

28 posted on 06/30/2014 10:25:28 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Will88

all the time!! its just part of life there.


29 posted on 06/30/2014 10:30:40 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: csvset

Lighting conditions have a lot to do with it I bet


30 posted on 06/30/2014 10:31:22 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Army Air Corps

In Korea a more pale person is considered to be prettier or even richer (as in they don’t need to go out and work) or that they are pampered or whatever.

It’s one of the weird things that pops up in K-drama’s from time to time.


31 posted on 06/30/2014 10:33:04 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

American leftists already consider orientals not to be minorities.


32 posted on 06/30/2014 10:33:47 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Watch any Mexican novela on Univision. Almost all of the actors are lily white.


33 posted on 06/30/2014 10:35:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I did actually notice that once. I just decided that the show must have come from Spain. lol.


34 posted on 06/30/2014 10:37:20 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Army Air Corps

It’s cultural. Peasants work outside, dark skin color is considered lower class. Light skin makes you look more cultured and affluent.

The Chinese pay very close attention to skin tone.


35 posted on 06/30/2014 10:48:42 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: Mister Da
(The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)

A high school English teacher of mine offered a variation of that to the class one day: "A wise person is one who knows what he knows, and knows what he doesn't know."

Someone who really learns to apply that can just about always avoid making of fool of him or herself, or damaging their credibility in all sorts of situations.

36 posted on 06/30/2014 10:55:14 AM PDT by Will88
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To: dangerdoc
The Chinese pay very close attention to skin tone.

That lends a great deal to explaining an incident in graduate school.
37 posted on 06/30/2014 11:24:51 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: csvset
Extreme Case: Julie Chen

She decided to go for a light tan, no doubt a concession to American culture.

38 posted on 06/30/2014 11:35:47 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: csvset

“some young women say that a university shouldn’t be adverstising the physical attributes of its student body in order to attract enrollment.”

Have they ever noticed the place of sports at many universities in America?


39 posted on 06/30/2014 3:20:41 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: csvset

“those eyes, those lips, those nose...”


40 posted on 06/30/2014 3:24:34 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: wyowolf
People in the west all think “back easterners” should stay there :)

We think the same thing about Kalifornicators, too. :-P

41 posted on 07/01/2014 6:15:08 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: uglybiker

Lol... sorry when i say “west” I mean Wyo :)
Kali doesnt count :)


42 posted on 07/01/2014 6:22:02 AM PDT by wyowolf
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