I had read this article, "The Joys and Sorrows of being a Fat Foreign Girl in China," a few months ago and thought it was an interesting take on living in Asia from a non-Asian point of view.
Someone on Facebook shared this article, "Fat for an Asian:" The pressure of being naturally perfect. yesterday and I think I read it a few months ago but it was something that was interesting to re-read with a fresh pair of eyes.
A few parts of the article jumped out at me yesterday..
"That's the problem -- Asian girls are suffering from body image issues and eating disorders because they try to hold themselves up to the expectation that Asian girls are naturally slim."
"I spent much of my life hating my body because it felt imperfect for both Asian standards and Western standards. I wasn’t skinny or tall enough to look like a fashion model or busty enough to be a swimsuit model, and I wasn’t petite and cute enough to look like a Korean pop star."
"I told a white classmate about how casual it is for Asian parents to make comments about their children’s’ weight. She frowned and said, “That would not be okay in my household. That would not go over well.” It’s a cultural disconnect I’m still trying to grapple and understand."I can relate to all three things.