Eternal Youth: You Won’t Believe How Old These Asian Women Really Are

There are countless stereotypes about Asian women. One stereotype says we all have sleek, black hair. Another says that we are incapable of getting fat and a dangerous one is the misconception that we are immune to breast cancer.

While many of these myths are over-generalizations (and problematic ones at that), there are a few of them that have us nodding in agreement. An example is the stereotype that many Asians look much younger than their biological age in comparison to other ethnicities. While this is certainly not the case for all Asians, we will admit that we have come across some awfully impressive examples of Asians who defy their age.

Just take a look at the following women and you’ll see exactly what we mean.


 

y 1
Masako Mizutani

There’s a reason why Mizutani has been called “Japan’s Lady of Eternal Youth.” This beautiful woman is an unbelievable 45-years-old. Mizutani has two daughters and her eldest, who is in her early 20s, is often mistaken as her sister. During a TV appearance, she revealed that she spends five hours a day just taking care of her skin. Mizutani advised other to make sure they’re drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins, eating a fresh, healthy and balanced diet, using vitamin E based creams, sunscreen, cleansing, toning, moisturizing, getting plenty of sleep and not smoking.

y 2 y 3 y 4

 




 

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 3.27.47 PM
Jung Dae Yeonn

We know what you’re thinking. This woman’s body is impressive. For any age, we would commend her obviously fit lifestyle, we’re even more impressed to find out that she’s 47 years old. Of course, she wasn’t always this fit. She allegedly went through a huge transformation through intense dieting and exercise.

y 5

y 6

 




y 8
Liu Xiaoqing
Chinese actress Liu Xiaoqing is most known for her undeniable talent. She has three Best Actress awards, one Best Supporting Role award, and she’s a business woman and published author. Now, she seems most known for her youthful looks. Taking Asian youth to a new extreme, the 59-year-old actress played a 16-year-old girl in the drama Lotus Lantern.

y 9 y 10

Didn’t Your Mama Teach You …

There are all sorts of rules we as kids in Asian families grew up with, like the proper etiquette in front of elders at the dinner table. Our parents would chastise us if we ate before elders or did not use both hands to serve food to them.

After my own parents’ careful instructions, I thought I had been well informed in common table decorum. However, after recently visiting an elder’s house, I learned something new. Though the custom of cutting fruit might seem trivial to us modern day young adults, it ‘s a practice that’s been carried on throughout generations and has significant meaning to the elders being served.

Much like the etiquette surrounding pouring, accepting and even drinking alcohol, cutting fruit in Korean tradition was a social practice that reinforced the underlying social hierarchy of Korean culture. Specifically, the custom of fruit cutting was one way to impart the traditional values of harmony, hospitality and respect.

I, for one, was excited to learn that there were specific methods to cutting fruit, depending on who you were sharing the fruit with. Take, for example, cutting an Asian pear (which are in season now through October).

  • If in the company of elders, one must first peel the skin of the pear, starting from the stem and circling it off until all the skin is completely removed. Then one may slice the pear into quarters.

  • If in the company of one’s peers, one can cut the pear into quarters first, then remove the skin from the cut fruit.

Besides fruit cutting,  there are plenty of other customs in Korean culture that show respect for others and elders, like the way you serve tea or greet one another.

Were there any social graces or table manners that you grew up with or learned recently? Comment below and let us know!