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Dear Asians: Your Eyes Are Beautiful, Fox Eye Trend or Not

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Earlier this year, almost every MUA was sporting the “fox eye” — a makeup look meant to mimic the look of “fox-like,” almond-shaped eyes. Although popularized by supermodels and celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Megan Fox, the trend has received some serious side-eye from the Asian American community. Almond-shaped eyes are the natural eye shape of many people of Asian descent — the type of eyes that are constantly the subject of ridicule, bullying and racial slurs. Rapper Cardi B made headlines when she described her daughter with the racial slur that almost every Asian child fears being called — “ch*nky.” Fox eye posts have over 63.7 million views on TikTok and 61,500 on Instagram. It’s garnered a mixed response online with either loving it or hating it. Which leaves us with the age-old question: is this racist?

Although the fox eye trend may not be a deliberate appropriation or attack on Asians, it would be irresponsible to deny how it overlooks the discrimination that Asians experience for having those eyes naturally. It is ignorant of the trauma, internalized racism and self-esteem issues that Asian Americans face from having their ethnic features ridiculed while traditional media glorifies Eurocentric beauty ideals. When seen on a White influencer, the fox eye is seen as “beautiful” and “trendy,” but for Asian women who have that shape naturally, it is a cause of “othering” and a sign of “foreignness.” The women online pulling on their temples to show off their foxy makeup may not be doing so in a bid to insult Asians, but they are disregarding the thousands of racial abusers who did.

People Doing the ‘Falling Stars Challenge’ in China are Getting Fined By the Police

A Chinese woman was recently fined for a traffic violation after dropping face down on the ground at a road in Shanghai to take part in a trend called the “Falling Stars Challenge.”

In the popular social media trend — which is meant to show off one’s wealth online — participants post a photo of themselves lying face down as if they have just fallen. The image must include situations or items that would make it look as extravagant as possible.

Forget Fidget Spinners, Chinese Kids Have Something WAY Crazier

Youngsters in China are loving a new “toy” that’s proving to be a more dangerous trend than fidget spinners, and safety-conscious parents are rightly concerned.

The toy, a miniature crossbow that fires toothpicks as arrows, is available in large varieties of online shops. There are those made of metal and wood, with some less than 10 cm in length — barely noticeable for play-pretend “assassins.”