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Eliza Romero

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Corporate Diversity Training Sessions Are Total B.S

If you work in a corporate environment, at some point you’ve been forced to endure a mandatory diversity training class. They’re inescapable at this point. Why does the diversity training industry even exist? In the 90’s and early 2000’s, discrimination lawsuits swept Wall Street and companies such as Merrill Lynch paid more than $500 million in class action settlements.

So in order to preempt lawsuits and create a more inclusive working environment, diversity training was introduced and “diversity” became an entire industry in itself. Now they are practically ubiquitous, even in some of the most so-called progressive institutions like universities and media companies.

What Does Asian Feminism Mean To Me?

Asian Feminism

Editor’s Note: Eliza Romero is a Baltimore-based, Filipino-American fashion blogger and pop culture writer behind the website Aesthetic Distance. The views expressed in this piece are solely her own.

Asian feminism is much different from all the other female social movements like mainstream White and Black feminism. We are mistakenly lumped in with White women’s movements and not considered women of color like Latina and Black women. (The latter applies mostly to light-skinned East Asian women since Southeast Asian women never seem to have a voice in that circle either.) And while most Asian women believe this intellectually, they don’t seem to understand how to apply it to their own feminism.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Makes Being Asian Look Fun For The First Time

Nobody ever tells stories about attractive, young, modern, fashionable, and progressive-thinking Asians. It’s always tragedy, martial arts revenge stories and “immigrant porn”. So my initial impression after reading “Crazy Rich Asians” was that it was a story that had nothing to do with being Asian. But at the same time, it had everything to do with being Asian because every single character is Asian. And if you believe everything the media tells you, then all the countries in Asia are some sad, podunk, poor, provincial place where the people are just dying to move to the US. We don’t think of places like Singapore which is a very wealthy island nation that is full of beautiful, educated and fashionable people. I think a big myth about immigration, especially Asian immigration, is that all of our parents were just dying to come here but in reality, most of our parents and grandparents would have been perfectly happy to stay with their families if things were different in their home countries, politically and economically. So this book shows that there are countries in Asia that aren’t impoverished, sad nations like Americans love to believe.

If you haven’t yet read it, “Crazy Rich Asians” is a fish-out-of-water story with Rachel Chu being the fish. She is an American-born Chinese (ABC) professor at NYU who travels with her fiancé, Nick Young, to Singapore to attend a wedding. What she doesn’t realize, is that Nick is the most wealthy, eligible bachelor on the island and his family is the at the top of the social hierarchy there. We move thru the story and watch the action unfold thru Rachel’s eyes and think, “it is absolutely ridiculous how much money these people have.”

Asian Guys With White Girls: She Isn’t Woke And Neither Are You

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Editor’s note: Eliza Romero is a Filipino-American style blogger. The views expressed in this piece are solely her own.

Asian men with White wives or girlfriends: she’s not woke and neither are you. Someone told a bunch of Asian guys that if they pull a White girl, she’s automatically woke AF because she’s somehow joining in the fight against White supremacy and the White patriarchy. Nah. If you think you’re superior to an Asian girl who only dates White guys, I’m here to tell you, you’re wrong. Someone also told you guys that your kids are superior to the kids of Asian women and White men because they don’t uphold White supremacy and they’re exposed to a way healthier upbringing and they’ll have an easier time with girls blah blah blah because they’re mother doesn’t hate Asians or herself. Whatever.

Asian Brands Need To Do Better: Stop Using White Models

Editor’s Note: Eliza Romero is a Baltimore-based, Filipino-American fashion photographer and style blogger behind the website Aesthetic Distance, a blog critical of pop culture. The views expressed in this piece are solely her own.

The very first time I remember feeling disgust for an Asian brand was when Miranda Kerr was chosen as the cover model for Vogue Japan‘s 15th Anniversary issue. There is just no way that a country like Japan, with its own prosperous fashion and modeling industry, couldn’t find a single Japanese model to grace its cover. After that, I kept noticing it everywhere. Kanebo Cosmetics, another Japanese brand, uses white models constantly in their ad campaigns. Same with Shiseido Cosmetics, who famously hired Angelina Jolie to be their official spokesmodel in their Japan-only ad campaign from 2007 to 2009. If you take a look at the e-commerce site for Lazada, a Philippine clothing brand, every single male model is either a white-passing mestizo or a white guy. A few months ago, Vogue India chose Kendall Jenner as their cover model for their 10th Anniversary issue.

So Um, How The Hell Does Lily Maymac Still Have A Job?

Editor’s Note: Eliza Romero is a Baltimore-based, Filipino-American fashion photographer and style blogger behind the website Aesthetic Distance, a blog critical of pop culture. The views expressed in this piece are solely her own.

Two weeks ago Lily Maymac was outed as a racist and a homophobe. So how the hell does she still have a job? As of today, her Instagram account shows her on a Revolve Clothing-sponsored trip to Turks and Caicos, where she is pictured lounging on the beach in designer wares (notably, For Love and Lemons, Grlfrnd Denim and Beach Riot) for the #RevolveAroundTheWorld social media campaign with other famous style influencers such as Rocky Barnes, Olivia Culpo and Raissa Gerona.

No, I Am Not Trying To Be White Just Because I Dye My Hair Blonde

Editor’s Note: Eliza Romero is a Baltimore-based, Filipino-American fashion photographer and style blogger behind the website Aesthetic Distance, a blog critical of pop culture. The views expressed in this piece are solely her own.

When it comes to dyeing your hair as an Asian girl, blonde is the most controversial color of all. There are the accusations of being ashamed of your race and propagating white beauty standards. I’ve been accused of both, especially after one of my recent blog posts went viral. I get it and all of the accusations got me thinking. If you’re a person of color in this country, you’ve been inundated with images of whiteness since you were a child. You probably grew up playing with white dolls that had blonde hair and blue eyes. All the magazines you read featured tall, thin white women with light hair and light eyes. All the shows and movies you watched were nothing but white people. Even the children’s books you read were all white kids.

Dear Asian Women, I’m Calling You Out On This One

Editor’s Note: Eliza Romero is a Baltimore-based, Filipino-American fashion photographer and style blogger behind the website Aesthetic Distance, a blog critical of pop culture. The views expressed in this piece are solely her own.

I am a member of a lot of Asian Rights and Feminist groups on Facebook. One of the biggest topics in these groups is the WM/AF (White Male/Asian Female) phenomenon. Something I see often is Asian women calling out white men for having an Asian fetish. I’m going to turn it around on Asian women because I’m getting a bit frustrated reading complaints and articles about this topic. I’m also noticing a pattern from the women that post about it.