By now, you have probably heard some of the outsider outrage, confusion and consternation. “Everyone in Korea wants the same face!”
It seems, pardon the pun, cut and dry, but as you’ll see it is anything but. Any cultural slant might be laid bare through similar scrutiny, so beware: those publications that seem to want to the headline to read “Dumb Asians All Want to Look The Same” are incapable of seeing their own cultural bias. We are all, in a sense, blind to ourselves.
Let’s try to open our eyes a little. I want to look at this, leading off with one of the better articles I’ve found on this phenomenon,
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“There’s a real problem when you make generalizations about a whole country full of women, that they’re all culturally duped,” Hejiin Lee said in an interview. “There are certain economic situations happening in Korea and America that might impel different choices.