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shoorm:

The East Asian women + colored hair trope
(An extension of extraextraex’s post.)
Looking at the pictures above, it’s pretty easy to find the similarities. East Asian women with dyed purple/blue/red hair, usually in a streak. No matter how you look at this, this is an uncomfortably specific trend in media. Yeah, it looks cute, but after seeing this over and over again, it becomes a boring, racist trope. This originated from a variety of possibilities: the creators trying to “Americanize” the East Asian character, make them more “exotic”, or to show how unique this character is. She’s not a giggling schoolgirl or a delicate lotus flower, she’s different! See, she has a streak of purple hair (god forbid she dyes it any other color), look how radical that is, look at our modern Dragon Lady!
And yes, Knives dyed her hair to look like Ramona, and yes, Sonmi-451’s hair is like that to mark her as a clone, but these characters do not exist in a vacuum. You can justify why a character has a specific appearance, but in the end, this character was created, and contributes to stereotypes no matter the intent.
So the moral of this story is that your Asian character with a strip of purple hair isn’t original. It isn’t unique. No matter how innocent this appears to be, it can be detrimental to East Asian girls, since the characters that look like them have the same exact traits. It’s time to explore different ways of designing East Asian characters, instead of just slapping on some purple and calling it a day.

shoorm:

The East Asian women + colored hair trope

(An extension of extraextraex’s post.)

Looking at the pictures above, it’s pretty easy to find the similarities. East Asian women with dyed purple/blue/red hair, usually in a streak. No matter how you look at this, this is an uncomfortably specific trend in media. Yeah, it looks cute, but after seeing this over and over again, it becomes a boring, racist trope. This originated from a variety of possibilities: the creators trying to “Americanize” the East Asian character, make them more “exotic”, or to show how unique this character is. She’s not a giggling schoolgirl or a delicate lotus flower, she’s different! See, she has a streak of purple hair (god forbid she dyes it any other color), look how radical that is, look at our modern Dragon Lady!

And yes, Knives dyed her hair to look like Ramona, and yes, Sonmi-451’s hair is like that to mark her as a clone, but these characters do not exist in a vacuum. You can justify why a character has a specific appearance, but in the end, this character was created, and contributes to stereotypes no matter the intent.

So the moral of this story is that your Asian character with a strip of purple hair isn’t original. It isn’t unique. No matter how innocent this appears to be, it can be detrimental to East Asian girls, since the characters that look like them have the same exact traits. It’s time to explore different ways of designing East Asian characters, instead of just slapping on some purple and calling it a day.

School is becoming difficult to balance with the rest of my life. I have four classes and although one of them is laid back (until the end when I have to write essays for it), the other three are hard. And of the hard three, two are time-consuming, and the other is time-consuming and difficult.

To be honest I can handle hard exams and detailed material. I really enjoy learning. What gets me is the time. It’s difficult to have class two days a week, work the other five, go to my therapist weekly, have my one leisure activity (DnD about every Friday), deal with a constant stream of studying and homework, and do all my own meals and cleaning. Like I am totally fine with the act of doing all those things and I actually have fun doing them for the most part, it’s just that there are never enough hours in the day and I’m frequently rushing.

I do cut into my sleep hours at times, but I can’t do that often because my mental and physical health take a huge hit from just two nights a week with less than 6 or 7 hours of sleep.

Meals can also sometimes be annoying because I’m lactose-intolerant and I can’t eat a ton of meat and bread without getting digestive issues. Like I need plenty of fruit, veggies, and water or else my body just freaks out at me and I could spend a day or two with abdominal pain among other fun things. Also too much sugar can give me headaches and a racing heart. Good thing I live in the US where all the food doesn’t have these things I gotta avoid in order to not be in pain ~sarcasm~

Ehhh sooo I wanted to vent. I’ve been doing okay so far this school semester despite some obstacles, and it has not gotten so bad that I have zero free time. Time can just be difficult to deal with since I can’t skimp on decent sleep and specific food or else my body breaks down really fast, and ignoring what I need mentally and physically is simply not sustainable.