Skip to comments.A Chinese university makes students prettier, richer and...whiter?
Posted on 06/30/2014 8:47:20 AM PDT by csvset
Hey, girls, college wont 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 shouldnt be adverstising the physical attributes of its student body in order to attract enrollment.
Its wrong for a university to publicize itself in this way Yaxue Wang is a student in Beijing.
Universities are about education, teaching and research. Its wrong to for a university to publicize itself in this way. It isnt 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 isnt worried about the photos is Ocean Weng.
Tsinghua University is a reputed establishment
it doesnt 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 dont have to take them seriously.
Where the white women at ?
It's the racist Chinese Tea Party!
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.
It is unfortunate that for most US colleges, the reverse happens.
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.
I honestly do not understand the motivation for skin lightening.
For US colleges, the girls get heavier, poorer, and acquire a bad temperment.
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.
“I honestly do not understand the motivation for skin lightening.”
I am not sure I understand the motivation for tanning.
It would be an artifact of a life that can be lived indoors.
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.
Not just Chinese, Indians also do this. Most of the popular Indian Actors/Actresses use this and its available everywhere...
They go to school to get whiter?
A place where it's still legal to joke about color.
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.
lol.. no they have cremes etc that they use. Its a pretty big deal.. but I have no idea why.
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.
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.
And look at the backgrounds. Some kind of agricultural field versus ivy. Etc.
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...
The tropical climate could accentuate the difference between the way indoor and outdoor people look?
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