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Beauty in China: Common Concepts of Attractiveness

by Elva Portillo (2020-09-09)


I'm an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Shenzhen, South China and in a recent group discussion class my aim was to discern concepts of female beauty from a Chinese point of view.

Since coming to China in 2012, I'd heard many theories about what truly makes a woman attractive, mainly from older men and women, therefore I was naturally curious to see if my group of 16 to 19-year-old students felt the same way.

It's important to note that only about 50% of my class had travelled outside of China and this was to majority white countries such as America and Australia in the West, and Japan and Korea in the east. It's also pertinent that out of a populace of 1.4 billion people, less than a million of those are non-Chinese/non-Asian. In addition, Chinese media heavily censors television programmes from overseas, especially the West.

Consequently I think it's fair to say that this limited interaction with people of other skin tones has greatly coloured their views on beauty.