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And it takes us stepping back and examining our own history.”White-Idealization in BollywoodRecent weeks have brought on intense backlash for Bollywood actors who have endorsed skin-whitening products.

“Those South Asians who happened to have light skin or Anglo features were often afforded more resources,” Yamazaki said.

Courtesy Samantha RamHistory of South Asian colorism in the U.S.

According to Yamazaki, the intersection of race and whiteness were factors for South Asians who tried to immigrate to the U.S. before the Immigration Act of 1965.

Celebrities in the U.S. are bringing the conversation to their young South Asian audiences.

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