I have oddly mixed feelings about the idea of someone getting plastic surgery to enhance or reduce certain facial features that seem too much one ethnicity to achieve another “look.” As a mutt-Asian, the idea of doing “eyelid” surgery to increase one’s eyelid crease sounds, well… weird.
Not that I haven’t looked at myself in the mirror when I was younger and wished that my hair was straighter and skin porcelain and freckle-free, like a Japanese doll. Not that I haven’t wished that my nose was narrower and my face a little longer. Not that I haven’t wished that I was taller, instead of my 5’2″ height.
But I wouldn’t be me, and so I haven’t chosen surgically to alter anything. Yet, I can’t comfortably cast aspersions to those who feel like what nature has given them isn’t them, and therefore they choose to opt for plastic surgery. It’s their money, it’s their bodies, it’s their choice.
Still… I dunno. It still seems, well, weird to me. From the story, it’s not so much being *ashamed* of one’s ethnicity but wanting to pick and choose, like some kind of aesthetic buffet, to add another’s ethnicity to one’s own. I can easily see this when it comes to non-surgical options: hair styles, clothing, body movements, tone of voice and diction.
But surgery? Like dog breeders, who dock tails and pin back ears, to achieve a certain “desired” look? Elective surgery that has nothing to do with health or longevity?
Perhaps I just don’t understand.