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Talk discrimination I've seen in the world
Story goes back to April when I was in India. (Btw above beautiful photos are from Ladakh, the very northern part of India)
When I was in India, my Indian friend told me that he was asked by his neighbor to leave his room. He has not done anything bad or impolite but was asked to leave and was wondering why.
I didn’t understand why at that time but I noticed, when I was searching about Indian caste system, that there is still a Hinduism tradition in India to judge people’s caste by their skin color. In my understanding before, one’s blood decides which caste he or she belongs to, but I learned that skin color matters too.
Actually it is so obvious that a Bollywood actress tends to have white skin color, and people dedicate themselves to such a work that not many people would like to do, such as toilet cleaning or dead body burying, tend to have darker skin. People in lowest caste are called untouchable, and they are considered to bring unhappiness to others.
Then I noticed my friend had a relatively darker skin than others as he was from southern India. In the first place, northern Indians and southern Indians have different roots, and obviously different skin colors.
Maybe my friend was asked to leave because his neighbors saw his skin color, judged him low caste, thought my friend could possibly bring unhappiness to them I thought. I read on internet that Indians look for a marriage partner with whiter color so that they can belong to higher caste, and also their child would likely to have relatively whiter skin.
I have seen a news about Naomi Osaka, a famous half Haitian and Japanese tennis player, being controversial as she was portrayed as a woman with whiter skin color than her actual skin in one of animation series. Does animation character has to have white skin?
I’ve been to a hostess bar kind of place one time before. Hostesses were ranked by their skin color and which country they are from, and their service charge differed. Ladies with whiter skin or from developed countries tend to be pricier and those who are not tends to be cheaper.
When I was traveling in Australia, one Japanese woman who has an Australian husband told me that, when she got married with her husband, she was laughed by her husbands brother because she was an Asian, not a woman with white skin.
These issues are negative side of globalization, I believe. Globalization seemed to standardized the beauty values. For example, to only believe in a value like a person with big blue eyes with white skin is beautiful, is dangerous. Traditionally a lady with small eyes was considered to be beautiful in Japan. Probably other countries had different beauty values traditionally, but I get an impression that it is standardized nowadays.
I really can’t stand it when I hear a news of people committing suicide or paying an enormous money for surgery because of unconfidence of how they look. It seems more natural to me to have a variety of beauty values in this world.