Chinese culture greatly values the appearance of women. This is evidenced in the business environment alike with the social environment.
Why are Chinese women so beautiful?
, Lecturer at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Polytechnic College said:
Here I will not say that no everyone is beautiful and Chinese are different . Yes indeed Chinese and Korean women are very beautiful . No doubt .
This is because of their tradition . Those people value their tradition a lot . Like once i saw a Chinese lady wrapping her toes with a cloth strip and she was there to attend some research related program (that means she was very much educated ) . I ask her why she is doing that so she told me that in their tradition feet fingers of an unmarried girl should not be apart and for that they had to wrap cloth strip since childhood . As she was careless so her feet fingers are slightly apart now she has to do wrap thing regularly .
Now as you can see that in spite of being so educated they are very close to their culture and tradition and in their tradition beauty is also given a good space . When they follow their tradition women gree automatically beautiful .
This is a culture with the intent of pleasing the men. As Osburg details, the karaoke clubs, saunas, nightclubs, etc. are meant to attract the businessmen, as there are also multiple red light districts around these areas. Prostitution in China further expands on these areas and this culture.
In many cases, relationships between employees, co-workers, partners, etc. are forged through these settings. Based on these traditional practices, it can be stated that it is of utmost importance then for the women to be aesthetically pleasing, further highlighting women’s attempt to capture beauty, or at least capture the way it is perceived by Chinese Culture.
The emphasis that both Taoist and Confucian notions of female beauty place on the relationship between inner and outer beauty has influenced the creation of the Chinese female beauty ideal. To further see the history of this culture, as well as how these ideals came into place see Chinese Culture. Outer beauty was thought to represent virtuousness, talent, and other positive characteristics.
In Taoist thought, women with masculine voices make poor sexual partners, because this trait suggests an excess of ch’i that inhibits the attainment of sexual harmony.
In her article “Female Bodily Aesthetics, Politics, and Feminine Ideals of Beauty,” Eva Kit Wah Man articulates how Confucianism and Taoism played essential roles in the creation of Chinese beauty ideals: “In the Chinese tradition, as in other cultures, both the external sexual and inner moral dimensions determine the beauty of a woman…The notion of female beauty comes from both (Taoism and Confucianism).” “Femininity” does not refer to an aspect of a dichotomy between mind and body, as there is no such dichotomy in Chinese philosophy.
Women in China also expands on these ideals, delving into the impact women have in Chinese society. Thus, historically, the religious influences on Chinese beauty ideals closely tied outer beauty to inner beauty.
There have been many ideas over time and across different cultures of what the feminine beauty “ideal” is for a woman’s body image.
A practice in China involved a girl’s feet being bound at age six to create the “ideal” image of feet. The girl’s feet were bound to become 1/3 the original size, which crippled the woman, but also gave her a very high social status and was much admired. After the revolution of 1911, this practice of foot binding was ended.
“Double eyelid,” are unconditionally considered beautiful in East Asian society. The “double eyelid” is a crease in the small flap of skin that covers the eye. It has been estimated that 40-60% of East Asians lack this upper eyelid crease, giving them a “single eyelid” appearance.However, this is not ideal when it comes to Chinese beauty.
Mass media is one of the most powerful tools for young girls and women to learn and also understand feminine beauty ideals. As mass media develops, the way people see feminine beauty ideals changes, as does how females view themselves.
Advertising offers insight into the Chinese conception of beautiful hair. As of 2004, the consumption of cosmetics and hair products in China had grown over the past twenty years from 25 million US dollars to 6 billion US dollars, and brands are eager to advertise their products to the growing market.
Contemporary sinophone shampoo commercials aimed at female consumers typically portray the same beauty ideal when it comes to hair: long, shiny, dark, and sleek.
The commercials characterize the model’s animated and lively hair as strong, shiny, long, and soft.
Skin tone is one aspect of Chinese beauty that is in contrast with the Western beauty ideal. This is far different than most Western countries which show preference in women with tan and darker skin.
This beauty ideal of fair-skin dates back as early as the Han Dynasty which controlled China from 206 B.C. – 220 A.D. During this time a woman’s skin tone was known to indicate social class. Many women of the lower class worked outside in the fields, exposing them to more sun, and ultimately making their skin darker. On the other hand, the light skin had become a representation of social prestige and the lack of physical labor.
Due to this obsession of obtaining fair-skin the Asia-Pacific region has become the world’s largest market for skin-whitening products. These products include various creams and pills which claim to reduce a pigment called melanin in the skin. Products such as these advertise fairer-skin as “beautiful” and superior to darker skin.
Among the countries in the Asia-Pacific, China has one of the highest number of cosmetic surgeries and procedures carried out. In China, there are over 8 million people who have undergone cosmetic surgery, 6.5 million of them are under 30 years old.
Plastic surgery is no longer confined to improving the looks of people with disfigured faces resulting from accidents and injuries; it now like getting the “icing on the cake” for inherently good looking people.
By staff editor