Before arriving at the preview on this evening, they didn’t know anything about the Wing Luke’s new exhibit, Where Beauty Lies.
The exhibit looks at beauty standards and stereotypes in the Asian Pacific American community across age, gender and sex.
But Where Beauty Lies is also a celebration of how the community has taken back that beauty and redefined it.
The collected works examine how the perception of Asian American beauty is influenced by colorism, a legacy of colonialism, its media caricatures, pop culture exoticism and generational traditions.
In doing so, the Wing joins the current national conversation about Asian American representation, from the film Crazy Rich Asians to Saturday Night Live welcoming its first Asian American cast member.