Ep 16: Asian-American Identity, K-beauty & What BLM Means to Asians with Professor Heijin Lee
I can’t wait for you to hear from our guest today. Heijin Lee is Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University who specializes in Asian American studies. She is currently working on her forthcoming book, The Geopolitics of Beauty, which maps the convergence of pop culture and plastic surgery coming from South Korea. And has been featured on National Public Radio’s Code Switch, Korea Society’s “K-Pop 101” series, and also at KCON discussing beauty, pop, and power.
Being Asian-Americans, Heijin and I have had so many similar experiences in life. We are both passionate about starting a dialogue in regards to where Asian-Americans fit into the conversation of racism. Today we’re going into a deep dive about both the concern we have for our children and our country’s future. But also the pride we have in the younger generation of being inspiring advocates for minorities.
On today’s episode, Heijin and I discuss:
- Navigating our identify as Asian-Americans and working mothers
- The different meanings that Korean beauty takes on, and how the standard of beauty is constantly changing
- The powerful ways our youth is using social media to advocate for minorities
- The model minority myth and where it stems from
- How to talk to our children about race
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