TLDR: today y'all learn Asian hair gets freaky and not always ruler straight and black. Lol.
I'm Asian, with dark hair that naturally turns light from sun exposure. I'm half native (to our country) on my dad's side, it's pretty known to most of my countrymen that our tribe folks usually have hair like me (think honey blonde highlights).
So was at the grocery store, where a teenage girl pointed at me and loudly asked her mum why can't she dye her hair like me. Mum yelled to me to stick to my natural hair colour and stop being a wannabe white person.
I ran into them again at another aisle. Mum gave me the dirty side eye while her daughter asked me where I get my highlights. Told her it's natural. This seems to piss the mum who sarcastically remarked how my facial features (flat nose, angular face, Asian(?) thick lips) don't match my wannabe ambition.
To which I combatively reply if only she pays attention in history class at school, she probably knows my features and hair matched my tribe's. But alas, she probably flunked that subject. She went red, dragged her kid away, and that's that.
Apparently Asian folks can only have one type of hair colour.
Edit: my hair is like this, from sun exposure. Just like some pointed out, hair does whatever it wants though. So, during monsoon season (tropical climate country here), my hair gets darker but you can still see the two tones difference. However, during dry season where the sun basically lits your ass on fire the moment you step outside, it's a glorious ombre effect with light highlights. Although 90% of south-east Asian has dark brown/ black hair, a few native tribes around Asia share this same trait and dare I say, pretty common if you inherit the genetic. Half of the relatives on my dad's side have hair like this naturally.
It really came out of the purple.
I love Tina, she's extremely talented and I've liked her looks so far. THIS IS NOT ME HATING ON HER but I want so badly to see her in a different colour other than red and yellow. I get it's her brand, but oh my god I need the judges to clock her on the constant red and yellow looks. just one time, please 😩
I keep seeing it after the BLM protests and I don't understand how singling out black people isn't still racist. Positive discrimination is still discrimination and this is based entirely on the colour of their skin, not who they are or the quality of their goods.
Edit: I LOVE how many sweeping generalisations are made about my personal shopping habits. You know nothing about me. Thanks.
It was a question based on swarms of Instagram posts which flared up after the BLM riots in America and then basically died away as soon as it wasn't "cool" any more (which I find offensive in itself), and my black colleague saying it was pretty fucking condescending - in his words, "patting the n- on the head and saying look at what a good job n- over there is doing". The way he would emphasise the skin colour when talking about it just made me think that that's part of the problem, because I think judging anyone or treating anyone differently by the colour of their skin in any way is wrong, whether you think it's positive or not.
Also, thanks for assuming I'm Reddit's standard mid-twenties white American, that being the funniest part.
Okay so I sometimes had people telling me I’m racist for "automatically assuming others have the same skin colour" as I do.
I think that’s not racist, that’s natural.
If I grew up in a country with a mostly white population, I’m likely to imagine someone being white if I have no additional information (such as country of origin) about them.
Same goes for growing up in a country with mostly black inhabitants and so on.
This doesn’t mean I believe that my skin colour is the "normal" or the "standard" skin colour.
It’s just being used to something.
I’m not "assuming" everyone having my skin colour, I know not everyone does.
EDIT: What I mean is that of course there is no normal, standard or default skin colour in the world.
But for individuals there can be something similar to a "normal" skin colour, with "normal" meaning the norm, what’s usual in that region.
Just as there is no normal language when you looking at the world, but if I look at Spain than spanish is the normal language. Doesn’t mean everyone in Spain speaks Spanish, or that you’re out of place if you live in Spain and don’t speak Spanish. But it’s just the usual thing.
Edit 2: Maybe this will make it easier to understand what I’m trying to say.
It’s like living in a place that almost exclusively has red birds. Almost every bird you see during your whole life is red, only from time to time you see yellow ones.
You know that yellow birds exist, and you prefer neither of the two kinds of birds. But if someone says "bird", you’re more likely to picture a red one in your head, right?
Close your eyes and picture the character of Legolas. Not Orlando Bloom. Legolas. Now, without overthinking your choice, answer this question. What colour is Legolas’s hair? The good news is that whatever answer your mind’s eye conjured, you’re right. There are no wrong answers here (well except maybe pink). You see despite the fact that Legolas is far from an insignificant character The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien kept almost everything about him a mystery. We don’t know how old he is, or who his mother was, or even what colour his hair is. And so all we can do is speculate and draw our own conclusions. However this seemingly trivial question about a supporting character’s hair colour, in fact opens up a much wider question about the nature of the Woodland Elves, their mysterious history in Middle-earth, and even the characteristics of their political and cultural identities. Well, at least to an extent.
So I feel that most people when imagining Legolas’s hair colour, will fall into one of two camps: gold and dark. Now if you imagined something else like silver or brown, that’s all good too, like I said there are no wrong answers, but when it comes to what Tolkien actually wrote, there really are only two points of reference. One for dark. And one for gold. So when Legolas is first introduced in The Fellowship of the Ring we’re told nothing more than that he was “a strange Elf clad in green and brown.” However a few chapters later Tolkien does tells us “his head was dark.” Now on the one hand this may seem fairly cut and dry. Legolas has dark hair, what more is there to say? But it should be noted that within the context of this scene, Legolas is being described at night, and so the jury’s still out on whether the darkness refers to the pigment of his hair, or simply the night-time’s shadows. Now the only other reference that the Professor gave us on this topic, can be found in The Hobbit, where the Elvenking of Mirkwood is described as wearing “a crown of leaves upon his golden hair”. Now eighteen years later, this Elvenking was of course revealed to be Thranduil, the father of Legolas, so it stands to reason that Legolas may have inherited his father’s hair colour, and thus his hair is golden. But again, this should be taken with a pinch of salt. Because (despite what the movies tell us) Legolas does not appear in the Hobbit, and when Tolkien wrote it in the 1930s, neither Legolas nor the Fellowship existed in his mind. So like I said,... keep reading on reddit ➡