(The following conversation took place yesterday with a Chinese friend of mine.)
Me: Do you know what this is?
(I show her the following advertisement):
Chinese Friend: oh yes! BB! It’s a pretty popular Japanese foundation. Haha makes your skin white and young like a baby.
Me: Japanese Babies aren’t white…white babies ain’t even white.
CF: Haha…that’s true. But Japanese want to be like white. They call them bananas.
Me: You mean crazy? Crazy about what? Skin color?
CF: No…well, yes, kinda. They say banana because they are yellow on the outside and white on the inside.
Me: Haha (I actually crack up cuz it reminds me of what we say of blacks who want to be white: Oreo cookies) Is that what Chinese say? That’s funny!
CF: No, that’s what Japanese say! They call themselves bananas.
Me: Really? Wow, I’ve never heard that. Do Chinese wanna be white too?
CF: No! But that may change…Chinese are getting more exposure to white people these days so maybe some will want to be like them…or even like black people. Hip Hop And basketball are very popular in China!
Me: Nothing…just thinking.
CF: Japanese love white skin though. White equal beautiful. They think a white complexion hides many defects. They don’t like to think of themselves as Asians. They think they are better than all other Asians. Like they are the white people of Asia.
Me: You really believe that?