Being Asked If I Feel More Taiwanese Or Kiwi

If you're an Asian who was born and raised in a Western country, the question on whether you feel more this or that can be a difficult one. As someone who grew up in New Zealand, it's my natural response to say that I'm from New Zealand. I've never lived in Taiwan long term and … Continue reading Being Asked If I Feel More Taiwanese Or Kiwi

Growing Up As An Asian In A Western Country

I was born and raised in New Zealand all my life, before I moved to Australia just under two years ago. I grew up being taught Mandarin and went to a Chinese school every Saturday. Unfortunately I was pretty lazy during those classes, as English was always a language I felt a huge interest with … Continue reading Growing Up As An Asian In A Western Country

The Lack Of Asian Models In Australia

After thinking about this for quite some time and noticing that nearly every main modelling agency in Australia has a significant lack of diversity, I felt the need to write about this topic. Many agencies would have one Black model, one or two Asian models and all White models. It seems that we live in … Continue reading The Lack Of Asian Models In Australia

When People Say “You Are Pretty For An Asian”

I don't think I have ever been told this exactly, but I was interested to write about it after I was sitting in a waiting room. There were voices chattering away - the kind you can't not hear even when you're staring off into space. The words wondered into my ears "Her eyes look so Asian though...She looks too Asian in the … Continue reading When People Say “You Are Pretty For An Asian”

Dealing With Racism As An Asian

When I think of racism, the following words also pop inside my head: sexism, homophobia, inequality, ageism, discrimination.. What really got me to write about this, is how much racism I have heard in one day. Living in Australia (or New Zealand - and anywhere for that matter), there will unfortunately be racism, especially in a … Continue reading Dealing With Racism As An Asian

Why Do Some Asians Aspire to Western Ideals of Beauty?

There is no denying that a huge influence of Caucasian beauty ideals is absorbed by Asians. There are some that are really a pet peeve for me and others that I can understand. Others are unrelated to Western standards, and are simply the way someone wants to look like. Of course, there is some generalisation, … Continue reading Why Do Some Asians Aspire to Western Ideals of Beauty?

Racial Diversity in the Fashion Industry

In bustle.com it states that "The fashion industry as a whole is notoriously bad at encouraging diversity and a truly representative runway." Fashion is a global multi-billion dollar business that often silently discriminates or represents a lack of diversity. As usual when I browse Model agencies to look at my favourite models, I can never get … Continue reading Racial Diversity in the Fashion Industry