Hey Jezebel, Please Stop Thinking it's 'Racism'!

This isn’t going to be a long post, but I’ve had it up to HERE with Jezebel and their thinking that any form of skin lightening is “racist.”   They did it again on Tuesday with this post.   They don’t seem to “get” that in some cultures, light skin has been a beauty standard for centuries […]

SATC’s Universal Theme of Friendship (and Fab Fashion, Too)

Cynthia Cheng Sex and the City 2 opens in theatres across North America this Thursday.  While there are plenty of women who are looking forward to dressing up to the nines to see this movie with their best girlfriends, there are also those who are going to abstain.  Many women find the movie not only […]

Half Believe Physical Size More Important

We are not surprised here.  50% of you thought that seeing models who are relatively the same size as yourself is more important than one of the same or similar ethnicity.  After all, how are you supposed to know what an outfit looks like on you if the model was a completely different size? 21.6% […]

Ethnicity, Size, Both or None? What's Most Important to you in Advertising?

There are lots of people who believe that models who “look like them” are more likely to persuade them to purchase items than ones who do not.  In other words, for many minorities, they are more likely to purchase items (or clothing, in this case) if models look like them, ethnically.  Others feel that ethnicity […]

Love You Jez, But You Don't Always 'Get It' Re: Diversity

Cynthia Cheng I’m a regular reader of Jezebel.  I love commenting on celebrities as well as controversial issues, but sometimes, I feel that the typical reader there doesn’t quite “get it.”  Or at least, they don’t “get” me.  Especially when it comes to ethnicity.  Like most American-based message boards, race and ethnicity usually means black […]

Smart, Sophisticated City Dwellers and Interracial Unions

Cynthia Cheng Interracial couples are “happenin’” in cities across the country.  According to this Toronto Star article, 5.1% of all city-dwelling couples were interracial, while 0.5% of all non-city people were.  Vancouver has the most mixed relationships, at 8.5%.  The city factor is not surprising, since demographically, minorities are more likely to live in cities […]

Immigration Sob Stories Boring and Not Interesting

Cynthia Cheng Why is it that every story the media report on regarding immigrants has to be borderline depressing?  It’s always about not being able to find jobs, or kids not fitting in.  Going as far back as movies like the Jazz Singer, the immigrant child always has some sort of culture clash with the […]

A More International, Sophisticated Perspective Needed Online

Cynthia Cheng Many blogs don’t seem to have an international perspective.  These sites, usually run by people who’re multigenerational, don’t seem to understand those who are children or grandchildren of immigrants.  Whenever non-multigeneration people posts something that multigenerationers feel is incorrect, there seems to be a reason to “correct” them.  It’s as if old culture influences is not […]

Statscan Definition of 'Mother Tongue' Used to Inflate Numbers?

Cynthia Cheng Statistic Canada (Statscan) defines “mother tongue” as “first language learned at home.”  But is it accurate? Or, are they trying to inflate the number of Canadians who speak a non-official (English or French) language?  Why am I asking this?  Because plenty of people who learned an ancestral language prior to starting school grow up not […]

Write Under a Different Name?

Recently, James Chartrand came out of the closet.  Not to announce homosexuality, but to announce that she is in fact a she. Historically, many female writers have done just that – George Eliot, Georges Sands and even the Bronte sisters, who wrote under Acton, Curer and Ellis Bell.  But today?  Who would have thought? According to […]