Fob revelation: Umbrellas are not beauty tools

Yes, you heard right my fellow fobs. People here do not use umbrellas, elbow-length gloves, or huge sun hats that block vision in order to stay fair. Instead, they buy fake tanners, roll around in the sun, and stare curiously at people who carry umbrellas on a sunny day.

My mom has always lectured me to put on sunscreen or cover up before I become *gasp* tanned. As a dutiful Asian daughter, I listened and I’m kind of glad I did. Protecting myself from the sun has saved my skin from its aging effects. But that’s just my own preference. I know my fellow fobbers Suzie and Amy do enjoy being tanned and actively seek the sun to maintain their luminous tan.

I could go into a detailed analysis of Asia’s traditional ideal of “white is beautiful” versus the Asian American “tanned is hot” preference…but I think I’ll leave that as food for thought for you guys.

This post was inspired by our favorite ramen skirt girl, Mai Truong. Here is a picture she took while in Hawaii.

Mai says:

“Every summer, hundreds of thousand of Japanese make their way down to the most isolated archipelago in the world to enjoy the beautiful beaches  and to soak up some sun…well minus the last part. Everywhere I turned I see ladies in floppy hats and arm warmers! I know how Asian adorn pale skin, but come on, you’re in Hawai’i! I had to take a picture and send it to you guys.”

Interested in reading more about the differing beauty ideals? Read about how 100 lbs is the ideal weight in Asia.

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  • Tanned is hot! but then maybe I say that because i’m fairly tanned to begin with.

  • Summer

    So true – I hate tanning.

  • kaname650

    My Bachan always used a parasol when I was growing up.

  • Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!