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WHY ASIANS ARE YELLOW-SKINNED
Some people find yellow an offensive or racist term to describe Asians for various reasons.
"Asians are not actually yellow!"
"Hey, Asians aren’t cowards!"
"There is no ONE Asian colour!"
"Did you know Yellow or Yellow Peril is rooted in historical irrational racist perceptions, that the West had for the East?"
"Labels divide people. We need fewer labels, not more!"
And then there’s the other viewpoint, that 'Yellow' isn’t offensive:
"Why is calling someone white or black not racist, but then when you call them yellow, all of a sudden..."
"Yellow just describes ones' appearance, like calling someone skinny, short, tall, dark-haired…"
"...but Asians actually have a yellow hue to them!"
"Cmon, Asians even call themselves yellow!"
Actually that last one is interesting. Do Asians themselves find Yellow offensive?
Well understandably there are South East Asians, Indians, Afghans, Iraqis who find it offensive because they are far from yellow. But I think, in saying yellow, most people are referring to East Asians anyway.
So do EAST Asians find Yellow offensive?
Recently Apple angered many Asian people by their creation of yellow-shaded emojis, part of their attempt at racial emoji diversity - and many Asians took to Twitter to voice their concerns.
But, hey wait, I’ve heard Asians refer to themselves as Yellow too.
"Everyone’s got yellow fever!"
"Check out the yellow bullet! (Liu Xiang, Gold Medalist)
"...one of China’s legendary cultural heroes, The Yellow Emperor."
Okay, so the jury is still out on just how offensive it is; but who do we blame for all of this?
Some think it’s to do with the fact that Asian civilisation first developed around the Yellow River in China.
But after doing some research, I found this guy, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840) - a German naturalist, physiologist and anthropologist who was the first to explore the study of mankind as an aspect of natural history.
He came up with the five color typology for humans - the white race (Caucasians), the black race (sub-Saharan Africans), the brown race (Pacific Islanders), the red race (American Indians) and of course, the yellow race (East Asians).
And ever since then, the idea of Asians as yellow has been ingrained in our heads. Look no further than the Power Rangers. Specifically, the yellow power ranger.
Going back to the original question - Why are Asians yellow? (or yellowish)
The answer, is genetic. But more specifically, Asians have more carotene pigments in their skin, and carotene imparts a yellowish coloration.
Also Asians have a low body mass index (BMI) but higher body fat percentage; and much of this fat lies just under their skin. Fat tends to be yellowish in nature, so Asian skin often looks yellowish.
In comparison, Caucasians have less carotene and a much thinner layer of fat under their skin; so they’re less yellowy and more white.
At the end of the day, personally, I don’t really take much offence to being referred to as yellow. But then again, I do make videos on youtube about sensitive racial matters, so I do have to have thick skin (under which there is a layer of yellow fat).
Whatever color we are, it doesn’t really matter. We’re all the same. We are all interchangeable.
Especially when it comes to The Simpsons, the show where white people are yellow, and yellow people are white.
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