If you haven’t read the piece, here’s a little summary: Erica shares the all too familiar story of having your relatives comment on your weight every time they see you. “ Ang taba mo na! ” may be a well-meaning comment but it never really leaves a good taste in the mouth of the receiver. Erica writes about how these comments hurt her and her sister, how older relatives say one shouldn’t be so “sensitive” and that they should just accept it because it’s part of our culture. Luckily, she still got through to her family and was able to create a fruitful conversation, one we should also have in our own homes: “One conversation was all it took to make a change within my family, so maybe all we need is for more people to speak up and call this behavior what it is: body shaming. The sooner we all realize that this language is toxic, the better.”
Asian portrayals have come a long way since their first screening in theatres. At first, Asians were played by white actors wearing prosthetic eyelids and winged eyeliner, while wearing culturally inappropriate clothing (white-washed Asian clothes.) Though actors are now cast under the general ethnicity, their roles are still questionable. Asian women in media are still patronized and sexualized in even minor roles. As shown in Memoirs of a Geisha, Asian women continually depicted as weak and fragile, though many are quite the opposite. Asian women have come a long way in terms of being accurately depicted in media, but they still have a long way to go before they are correctly identified on-screen.