Breaking The Asian Myth: Why Asians CAN Wear Yellow

We’re no stranger to Asian myths — they’ve been thrown at us our entire lives. They’re ridiculous over-generalizations about Asians that assume we’re all exactly alike. Some Asian myths are dangerous, like the idea that Asians don’t get fat or don’t get breast cancer — both of these hinder our community from taking necessary health precautions. Other Asian myths are much less harmful (unless you count the dangers of all the eye-rolling it causes us), like the belief that all Asians have the same kind of hair.

Well, we’re here to add another eye-roll myth to the list: Asians shouldn’t wear yellow.

I was shocked to discover just how many Asian women were told that they shouldn’t wear yellow because it clashes with Asian skin. I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror, I certainly don’t think my skin shows signs of jaundice. It may have a yellow undertone, but all sorts of ethnicities have yellow undertones, so why are we forbidden from wearing yellow?

As it turns out, there’s no valid reason for the myth at all. One-time fashion dictators simply thought it made us look sallow and was not flattering on our skin tone. (It’s the same thinking behind why redheads should not wear red or pink.)

Yes, now is the time to sigh. But who can blame these color-blind fashionistas of the past. After all, this video from the ’80s highlights just how early we’re taught that Asian=Yellow.

The reality? No, Asians are not literally yellow. We simply have to blame a German professor from the 19th century who came up with the five color typology for humans that categorized Asians under the term “yellow.”

Luckily for us, this means that we can wear yellow without disappearing into our clothes. And as it turns out, we do a damn good job of it, too. Don’t believe me? Check out the following Asian celebs rocking yellow outfits. You’ll be sure to include this color in your wardrobe after you get a load of them.

Chinese actress Li Bingbing at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Chinese actress Li Bingbing at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Olivia Munn at this year's Met Gala

Olivia Munn at this year’s Met Gala

 

Actress Jamie Chung

Actress Jamie Chung

 

Actress Mindy Kaling

Actress Mindy Kaling

Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

Japanese Model Kiko Mizuhara

 

Brenda Song at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards 2009

Brenda Song at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2009

Sandra Oh on the cover of Audrey Magazine Summer 2014

Sandra Oh on the cover of Audrey Magazine Summer 2014

Asians Taking Over American Colleges? The Fung Bros Breakdown The Asian Myth

We all know the stereotype. Apparently, Asians taking over American college campuses.

It’s no surprise that for many of us, education has always been portrayed as something that must be taken seriously. Many Asian immigrant parents (not all, of course) sacrificed a lot for their children. In fact, many of them left their homeland simply because they wanted us to have better lives than they did. According to them, a way we can achieve this dream of a better life is by obtaining a good education.

So many of us have felt the pressure. We’ve felt the pressure to make our family proud and the pressure to give back to our parents. After all, we’d hate to think they sacrificed everything for nothing, right?

But there’s a problem with all of this.

While interviewing UCLA students, The Fung Brothers were able to uncover a number of flaws with this Asian myth.  For instance, the stereotype that all Asians are smart. Obviously, this can’t be correct. In fact, it leaves a number of Asian students feeling overwhelmed and left to live up to high expectations. Even worse, good grades isn’t seen as a student working hard. It’s only “because they’re Asian.”

So The Fung Bros decided to ask it all. What about the various types of Asians and the fact that some subcategories of Asians are largely underrepresented? What about the stereotype of Asians being disinterested in sports? What about the Asian Greek life?

Check out the video below.

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Breaking The Asian Myth | Asian Hair

Asian Hair

 

If there’s one Asian stereotype we’re all very familiar with, its Asian hair. No one knows when this actually happened, but at one point people began thinking that all Asian women had the same kind of hair- straight, black, and very sleek. This myth has become so well known that theres actually something called “Japanese hair straightening” to try and get these hair qualities. Its not uncommon to flip through a magazine and come across an article showcasing different types of hair and as expected, “Asian hair” get its very own section. Do some of us have sleek, black, and straight hair? Of course.

Do all of us have this? Absolutely not. People may be shocked to discover that just like everyone else, Asian’s are not all born with the same kind of hair (What!?) So let’s break the Asian myth with some familiar faces. Continue reading for some products we suggest for ALL kinds of Asian hair.

 

 

 

Sleek and Thin Hair

Now myths don’t pop out of no where. There are actually a number of Asian’s who have the typical “Asian hair”. Rocking sleek hair like Lucy Liu is something many girls wish for (mainly because of the belief that its so easy to manage). In reality,  this isn’t always the case. You may have found your hair to be quite fragile and needs a lot more maintenance than people expect. Want to strengthen that hair? Try any of these thickening products brought to you by Ojon.

 

 

 

Thick Hair

Straight hair? Yes. Thin hair? Not necessarily. Although thin hair is very common in the Asian community, thick hair is just as present.  2NE1′s Sandara Park shows us that we can have quite a lotof hair. Thick hair tends to be heavy and may flatten your hairdo near the roots. Try to get your hands on Suave Volumizing  Root Boost Spray to provide lift and lasting volume to your roots.

 

 

 

Frizzy Hair 

Aside from her relationship with John Lennon, Yoko Ono was also known for her iconic frizzy hair.  If you’re not really feeling the Yoko Ono look, you may be looking to tame your hair. We suggest Living Proof’s No Frizz Shampoo which is specifically designed to eliminate frizzy hair by blocking humidity without weighing the hair down.

Curly Hair

To the disbelief of many, some Asians are capable of having natural curls. Take Grey’s Anatomyactress Sandra Oh who is seen boldly rocking her curls in every episode. While a head of perfect ringlets is beautiful, anyone with curly hair will tell you- curly hair doesn’t always like to behave. Keep those locks under control with Garnier Curl Shaping Gel.

 

Wavy Hair 

Some Asians, like like Korean singer and actress IU, have wavy hair or hair that teeter-totters between straight and curly. Sometimes you may even wake up to that horrifying moment when half your hair looks curly and the other half looks straight. The result? Using the curling iron or straightening iron for uniform hair. If you do face this on a regular bases, make sure you use the proper precautions to lessen the heat damage done to your hair. Try giving TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray a shot.

 

 

 

Colored Hair


A lot of Asians are born with either black or brown hair, but this doesn’t stop many people from getting color onto their locks. Take Suzy Bae for example who has boldly chosen a blond color. While this may not be natural hair, dyed hair still requires maintenance and there are specific products which help with the upkeep of dyed hair.  We suggest Pureology Hydrate Products which was named InStyle’s best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for color-treated hair.