Cultural (Self-) Acceptance
Nin Hao! I am penning this from a beautiful hotel in Beijing, China. For twelve days, I will be traveling with fifteen staff and faculty from my university to several cities. This experience was intended to both prepare the incoming Chinese students for their transition to the US as well as expose us to the Chinese culture as a way to inform our practices and beliefs about cultures outside of our own.
So far, there have been plenty of sites and cultural norms that have intrigued me including the popularity of bikes for transportation and the many foods that can be picked up with chopsticks!
However, I did not have to look much further than my hotel room to pique my curiosity. In my room, I found these two magazines.
Part of my fascination with these magazines was cultural representation. Both magazines are distributed throughout the world and the cover models typically reflect the demographics of the population in which the magazines are sold. Yet, one magazine features men who represent the culture while the other has European models. How could that magazine include an article about “Changing Times" when it appears that times have not changed from the European standard of beauty?
I have so many thoughts, but I'd like to learn more from you. Is it possible for people (especially women) to develop more self-love and an appreciation for one's culture despite the lack of representation in the media? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.