Every year, more and more people are born to parents of different races. Some very famous people have one Asian parent and one parent of a different race and ethnicity. Many of these celebs identify with both of their unique cultures.
Growing up as hapa — meaning "mixed race" in Hawaii and half-Asian, half-white in my circles — comes with its own set of problems. I'm not just talking about when I had to check "other" under the race box during standardized tests: I'm talking about beauty problems. There are many misconceptions when it comes to being hapa, and I'm here to set the record straight.
Cecilia Cheung born in is a Hong Kong actress and cantopop singer. She is the ex-wife of Nicholas Tse. Cecilia Cheung was born to a Chinese father and a half Chinese-half British mother.
Certainly, the new standard of beauty has changed over the years. Large, double-lidded eyes, small sharp nose, narrow face, tall figure, and white skin—these Western qualities make Asians sigh and admire. There is a long list of mixed race celebrities, actors, models, and beauty titlists in many parts of Asia.
Not all Asians look the same. I repeat, not all Asians look the same. It seems no matter how many times we say it, people simply assume that all Asians share the same physical features.
Sign in. Note: "Hapa" is a Hawaiian term for those who are mixed with an Asian ethnicity and a non-Asian ethnicity. In regards to this list, this is for actresses with one Asian parent and one non-Asian parent.
Interracial marriages between Asians and Blacks may not be that common, but children born from such marriages are generally good-looking. Historically, Asians and Blacks have been marginalized due to the rampant social conflicts and immigration issues in the Afro-Asian population. As a result, the marriages between blacks and Asians have become more of a rare occurrence.
Even if the industry still has a long way to go — for instance, the major issue of whitewashing or casting white actors in Asian roles — it's comforting to watch these young stars kill it on the big screen. From Fresh Off the Boat 's modern Asian family to this year's majority-Asian cast in Crazy Rich Asiansthe importance of appealing to all audiences is finally starting to become a priority for producers. And it's about time. Representation matters, and it's up to more than just the creators of the hashtags like StarringJohnCho and StarringConstanceWu to make a difference.
Growing up I was accustomed to seeing only a few types of beauty in the media. Rarely was there a representation of anyone Asian or mixed Asian in the media. Growing up, I had to do the digging for myself to see that beauty does truly come in all shape and colors.