Navigating body size and image as an Asian American woman, especially as a daughter of immigrant parents can be difficult,” says Rachel Kuo from Everyday Feminism.
Pressure from American CultureWhile East Asian beauty standards seek to oppress women into conformity, American culture — and to a larger extent, Western culture —dehumanize Asian women and Asian American women into sexual objects.
These descriptors hold meaning when used to describe Asian and Asian American women because they signify how Western societies fetishize the Asian woman’s body.
While the U.S. has become more body positive, racial expectations still remain for Asian American women.
I hope that one day Asian American women can reach body acceptance despite the pressure from all levels, from society to family.