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East Asia cast a spell over the masses of young people in North America and Europe.



Old Korea


Korea in the 1950s.



High-class, wealthy Korean family from the Joseon dynasty at the turn of the 20th century.





Modern Korea


Skin bleaching



Plastic surgery



The spell is cast over the masses of young people in North America and Europe.




Quotes On The Korean Invasion


"And of course, around the world, people are being swept up by Korean culture -- the Korean Wave."
— Former U.S. President Barack Obama
"And people in every corner of the world can see it, as the Korean Wave spreads Korean culture to countries near and far."

— Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

"As is clear with the recent rise of Psy's Gangnam Style, the Hallyu-wave and Korean pop music, Korean culture is making its mark on the world."
— United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

"In the 21st century, culture is power."
— South Korean President Park Geun-hye

"I want our nation to be the most beautiful in the world."
— Kim Gu, from Baekbeomilji, March 1st, 1948

"If you visit South Korea, you’ll probably hear a triumphant refrain about Korean pop, known as K-pop, casting a spell over North America and Europe."
— Geoffrey Cain at GlobalPost

"The Korean Wave is used by the government as a soft power tool to engage with the masses of young people all over the world."
— Soft Power at Wikipedia


The Korean Wave Is Soft Power


Soft power resources are the assets that produce attraction which often leads to acquiescence. Nye asserts that, "Seduction is always more effective than coercion, and many values like democracy, human rights, and individual opportunities are deeply seductive." Angelo Codevilla observed that an often overlooked essential aspect of soft power is that different parts of populations are attracted or repelled by different things, ideas, images, or prospects. Soft power is hampered when policies, culture, or values repel others instead of attracting them.

Soft power can be wielded for nefarious purposes. "Hitler, Stalin, and Mao all possessed a great deal of soft power in the eyes of their acolytes, but that did not make it good. It is not necessarily better to twist minds than to twist arms."

"Hallyu", also known as the "Korean Wave", is a neologism referring to the spread of South Korean culture since the late 1990s. According to a Washington Post reporter, the spread of South Korean entertainment has led to higher sales of other goods and services such as food, clothing, and Korean language classes. Besides increasing the amount of exports, the Korean Wave is used by the government as a soft power tool to engage with the masses of young people all over the world, and to try to reduce anti-Korean sentiment.




The Korean Invasion Is Led By The South Korean Government: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

President Kim Dae Jung put forth industrial policies supporting entertainment with the same regard as traditional industrial sectors such as manufacturing.

In more recent years, there has been a focus on developing soft power.

The Korean Culture and Information Service is a department of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism that aims to bring Korean culture closer to the rest of the world while improving the national image of Korea. It is also responsible for setting up more than 20 Korean Cultural Centers around the world.





How Korean bureaucrats turned K-pop into a national symbol

If you visit South Korea, you’ll probably hear a triumphant refrain about Korean pop, known as “K-pop,” casting a spell over North America and Europe.

The narrative typically goes like this: Swarms of Western fans have been racing to K-pop concerts in recent years, falling in love with the young, colorful ladies of Girls’ Generation or the muscular, shirtless men of Super Junior. Thanks to their dazzling repertoire of, well, crayon pop songs, multiple concerts have sold out in the US, France and the UK. It’s a signal that the world is increasingly in awe of this homegrown Korean art.

You’ll hear this storyline in Seoul more often than the global triumphs of, say, Samsung or Tae Kwon Do.

Korean pop has existed for decades. But the seeds for the current craze were, ironically, planted by government bureaucrats working with promotional agencies and big corporations.

That’s right: lurking behind the flashy Gangnam Style sets and Girls’ Generation’s gum drop twerking is hard-nosed, East Asian-style industrial policy.

The South Korean foreign ministry has tasked diplomats with promoting Korean pop culture overseas.

But for South Korea, it’s not a matter of simply churning out a profit. Money isn’t good enough. It’s a matter of building prestige and cementing global recognition.




How The South Korean Government Made K-Pop A Thing

So the country's government poured millions of dollars into forming a Ministry of Culture with a specific department devoted to K-pop.

"It turns out that the Korean government treats its K-pop industry the way that the American government treats its automobile and banking industry, meaning that these are industries that have to be protected," Hong says.




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I always saw South Korea has the USA's / The West's bitch - completely obsessed with Europeanness hence the double eyelid surgery and skin bleaching. But perhaps its the other way round, S.Korea uses its enormous wealth to ''softly'' direct the Western world into a certain direction.


I find S.Korea a bit soulless their music is very standard, their population like China seem meek and way too mild-mannered for their own good and above all seems obsessed with materialism. Its like the West took steroids and came out with South Korea. I feel like China and S.Korea are the future of the West.



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Plastic Surgery Cover-Up:

East Asia Gave Their Historical Figures An Extreme Makeover



Real Ancient Art: The Four Great Beauties of Ancient China









Fantasy: The Four Great Beauties of Ancient China








Real Ancient Art: Chinese Courtesans of Ancient China







Fantasy: Chinese Courtesans of Ancient China










Chinese TV Dramas vs. Reality: What Chinese Royalty Really Looked Like



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The Battle of The Bulge:

East Asian plastic surgery creates Chaos and Mass Confusion in North America and Europe.



Prophecy - Victory Prayer - The Battle of The Bulge




Ugly Images of Asian Rivals Become Best Sellers in Japan


In 1885, Fukuzawa -- who is revered to this day as the intellectual father of modern Japan and adorns the 10,000 yen bill (the rough equivalent of a $100 bill) -- wrote "Leaving Asia," the essay that many scholars believe provided the intellectual underpinning of Japan's subsequent invasion and colonization of Asian nations.


Fukuzawa bemoaned the fact that Japan's neighbors were hopelessly backward.


Writing that "those with bad companions cannot avoid bad reputations," Fukuzawa said Japan should depart from Asia and "cast our lot with the civilized countries of the West." He wrote of Japan's Asian neighbors, "We should deal with them exactly as the Westerners do."


As those sentiments took root, the Japanese began acquiring Caucasian features in popular drawing. The biggest change occurred during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 to 1905, when drawings of the war showed Japanese standing taller than Russians, with straight noses and other features that made them look more European than their European enemies.


"The Japanese had to look more handsome than the enemy," said Mr. Nagayama.







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U.S. President Donald Trump: "We've Got Enough Problems With South Korea, With Trade."





“Have you seen what’s happened recently with the trade pact with South Korea? They ask us to sign something that only a moron would sign. I think that fair trade is a much better word than ‘free trade.’ I listen to these people saying, ‘Oh, that’s going to hurt free trade.’ What’s ‘free trade’ when a country has imbalances of hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars…?”

Donald Trump in November 2010




To South Korea, free trade is a myth.



South Korean economist Ha-Joon Chang





The biggest source of America’s trade deficit with Korea is that Koreans won't buy American cars. Koreans tend to drive Korean cars. It's important in South Korea to have a new car every few years. Patriotic Koreans have a preference to buy Korean car brands. Even if the Korean car designs are copied from American car designs. This South Korean parking lot is full of cars made in South Korea.





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Trump blasts 'Parasite' at rally

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Japanese women prayed to Konsei, a Shinto god, for white skin.



Shinto is a religion originating in Japan. Classified as an East Asian religion by scholars of religion, its practitioners often regard it as Japan's indigenous religion and as a nature religion based on the Gogyo Gogen doctrine (Shinto Cosmology). Shinto is polytheistic and revolves around the kami ("gods" or "spirits"), supernatural entities believed to inhabit all things.







Disciplining the Japanese Body
In the past, women prayed for white skin to Konsei (a Shinto god). During the Tokugawa period, parasols or face hoods were used for total sun avoidance, skin was “polished” white with cloth and various natural remedies that were believed to have a bleaching effect on their skin were applied in order to “turn the skin as white as snow”.
Beauty in Japan was never natural. Japanese women have painted their faces white since the Nara, Heian, Kamakura and Edo periods, when court ladies were ideally depicted to be pale.





Buddhism in Japan has been practiced since its official introduction in 552 CE according to the Nihon Shoki from Baekje, Korea, by Buddhist monks. Buddhism has had a major influence on the development of Japanese society and remains an influential aspect of the culture to this day. About 60% of the Japanese have a Butsudan (Buddhist shrine) in their homes.



In 692 A.D., Buddhist priest Kanjo is said to have been the first to make lead-based face powder in Japan. Empress Jito was delighted with it.

White face powder made their faces look whiter than they really were. The powder is called oshiroi in Japanese, which means "white".


Nara Period (710–814)
Heian Period (794–1185)
Kamakura Period (1185–1333)
Muromachi Period (1336–1573)
Edo Period or Tokugawa Period (1603–1868)
Meiji Period (1868–1912)


In 1904, a lead-free face powder was finally brought to market.


Powdering The Neck (1790) by Kitagawa Utamaro





Japanese skin is naturally brown-yellow, which puts it in the middle of the skin colour chart.






On June 15, 1893, German-American missionary wives and Japanese Christians, known as “Bible women” pose in front of Krecker Memorial Church in Tsukiji, Tokyo.



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Dragon From The East:

Religion may be the reason why East Asian beauty is never natural.



China's President Xi Jinping: "Black hair and yellow skin. We call ourselves descendants of the dragon."





Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is a system of thought and behavior originating in ancient China. Variously described as tradition, a philosophy, a religion, a humanistic or rationalistic religion, a way of governing, or simply a way of life, Confucianism developed from what was later called the Hundred Schools of Thought from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479 BCE). Traditionally, cultures and countries in the Chinese cultural sphere are strongly influenced by Confucianism, including mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, as well as various territories settled predominantly by Chinese people, such as Singapore. Today, it has been credited for shaping East Asian societies and Chinese communities, and to some extent, other parts of Asia.







About Face: Why is South Korea the world’s plastic surgery capital?


In search of a clearer understanding of why South Koreans are such lookists, I stopped by the book-cluttered office of Eunkook Suh, a psychology professor at Yonsei University, in Seoul.

“One factor is that, in contrast to Western cultures, the external aspects of self (your social status, clothes, gestures, and appearance) versus the inner aspects (thoughts and feelings) matter more here,” he explained.



Suh described an experiment he did in which he gave students, both at Yonsei University and at the University of California at Irvine (where he once taught) a photograph and a written description of the same person. Which format, he asked the students, gives you a better understanding of this person?

The Koreans chose the photograph, and the Americans chose the description.



Two Korean American women, circa 1920s.


Suh, like others, partially attributes the Korean mind-set to Confucianism, which teaches that behavior toward others is all-important. He elaborated, “In Korea, we don’t care what you think about yourself. Other people’s evaluations of you matter more.”






Disciplining the Japanese Body
Beauty in Japan was never natural. Japanese women have painted their faces white since the Nara, Heian, Kamakura and Edo periods, when court ladies were ideally depicted to be pale.
In the past, women prayed for white skin to Konsei (a Shinto god).
The proverb “White skin covers 7 negative aspects of your face” was mentioned several times. When asked about the meaning, it was explained that less attractive attributes such as wrinkles, spots, uneven skin are less visible when the skin is white, while they are accentuated with darker skin: “We, Japanese have those images from long time ago”. It is worth noting that this expression also exists in Chinese, as “White skin covers 1000 weaknesses”.

It was suggested that youth is particularly important in Asia, compared to Europe. Ai and Yuki partly justified the youth norm in Japan by the religious roots of Japanese culture, in contrast to Christianity in Europe:

“Being young is very important in Asian culture, not only in Japan. In Europe, being mature is a very good thing. Like Sofia Loren, Katherine Deneuve, but there is no model in Asia that getting older is good. Always young is the best (…). Because Europe has a history that getting mature is better. In Asia it’s not a good thing (---). Christianity keeps the churches old, that’s why in Europe being mature is ok. But in Shinto every twenty years buildings are torn down and rebuilt, because everything has to be renewed. I think that’s part of why youth is important in Japan”.


My informants noted that being gorgeous in the western sense (looking impressive, strong and sexy) is not included in the beauty ‘norm’ because men prefer the nonthreatening cute style while childlike behaviour can also be used as a strategy: “I think they [women] want to get help from others, especially men, so they don’t try to mature”.


A cute woman usually behaves and looks childish evoking protective instincts. Cuteness is not offensive to the power structures of society but can also be manipulative. Some describe cuteness as a woman’s “weapon”, while others condemn it as a sexual obsession with children.


Youth is another norm closely connected to beauty in Japan. One of the reasons for applying make-up is to look younger. This is also evident on make-up products: words such as “baby skin” and “baby soft” appear together with images of babies on the packaging of make-up for adult women. Ai agrees that “It’s important to have baby skin”.


During my fieldwork in Japan, one of my informants mentioned that placenta injections or cosmetics, which are believed to make a woman look decades younger, are now popular in Japan. I was told that in the past, women used to consume their own placenta, while now the placenta of horses or cows is available in the cosmetics market. My informant Ai said that “Sometimes they use human placenta. I use horse placenta in my lotion but I’m afraid it’s human (…). Wrinkles disappear; skin color becomes whiter with placenta”. I collected magazines and found out that the availability of treatments such as placenta injections was broad, while the low prices (up to 5000 yen for an injection) demonstrate the ease of access to such beauty treatments. The recent scandals of human placenta pills on the market further demonstrate the popularity of this treatment.


It was widely understood from the interviews and observations that beauty in Japan should be natural: “Maybe men don’t like women who care so much [about their appearance]; they want natural beauty but it’s impossible”. Like Bartky suggested, women should look a certain way, but they are not supposed to discuss or visibly make efforts on it. The Japanese women are expected to invisibly conform to or naturally match the beauty ideals. It is characteristic that women are expected to have applied make-up before going out in public and work (because the natural female face is considered to be defective or impolite) but public application of makeup is discouraged. There are posters in the Tokyo Metro which suggest “Let’s do it at home” and depict a woman applying her make up in the train.


Self-presentation in Japan is linked to consumption, therefore “make up is serious business”.


JETRO reported that 94 per cent of Tokyo women in their 20s own a Louis Vuitton bag (Jetro, 2005).






Why South Korea's men are buying tons of cosmetics

Alex Taek-Gwang Lee, a cultural analyst at Kyunghee University, said that men are using more cosmetics because in South Korea, appearance is everything.

"We have a proverb," Lee said. "If you buy something, you must choose the one which has a good appearance."









The 'Flower Boys' Of South Korea Who Spend More On Beauty Products Than Any Other Men In The World


South Korea is the largest market for men's skincare in the world.

South Korea is the male makeup capital of the world.


In South Korea, however, effeminate male beauty is ‘a marker of social success,’ according to Roald Maliangkay, head of Korean studies at Australian National University.






Vanity Conquers All


Many Korean women have red hot love affairs with designer label handbags. The mocking moniker of "three second bag" for Louis Vuitton, one of the most popular designer bags here, reflects the fixation for luxury bags ― it's called a "three-second bag" because it can be seen every three seconds on the streets of Seoul. The women are defined by what they carry on their shoulders.


Chungang University sociology professor Shin Kwang-yeong pointed out that the abundant self-glorification and narcissism apparent in Korean society is a clear example of how immature the society we live in currently is.

"There is awareness that the designer bags can make people appear to be different from others in Korean society. We need to put more value on personal character or ability than on appearances," he said.








19th Century Korea: Appearance Is Everything






Modern Korea: Appearance Is STILL Everything


'Too tall, too fat, and too dark': One woman's 'soul crushing' discovery that she 'wasn't beautiful enough' to live in South Korea


lostlunarsoul, Daegu, South Korea

Sadly, South Korea is one of the most narcissistic, vain places on the globe. You literally cannot walk past a shiny surface without someone making multiple poses in front of it. You cannot take a bus, subway, or sit in a cafe or restaurant without seeing someone doing their makeup right in front of you. Men in the restroom spend more time primping themselves than it takes to do one's business, and wash hands. My college freshman female students all tote designer bags given to them by their parents and spend more time with a mascara pen, than they do with a ball-point. The males openly admit to wearing mascara themselves. The woman in this article is a typical example of a person who just looks different in a country where your social worth depends on how much you resemble the newest pop star.


jlee, Seoul, South Korea

Don't blame Korean men. We're also sick of our women obsessed with plastic surgery. People love beautiful women everywhere. But how come Korean women have become like that? Because Korean men are selfish and patriarchal? That's not true. Because Korean women in Korea are so dependent and passive. Unlike Korean men, they don't have to serve the military service, they have tens of women's universities, they even have Ministry of Women, menstrual leave, maternity leave, quota system for female job seekers, female only libraries, other women-only facilities and etc. They have tons of social support. HOWEVER, only 6% female students go to engineering college and 90% want to have a office job or secured public office job. They limit their career by themselves because they are women! So what they would do? Get plastic surgeries and meet a man who has a high-paying job then live like a Cinderella! For Korean women, having a successful husband is higher priority than become a successful woman.






Mission Statement:




"I want our nation to be the most beautiful in the world."

— Kim Gu, from Baekbeomilji, March 1st, 1948, Korea

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China's Plan to Conquer the United States, Canada and Australia



Speech By Comrade Chi Haotian, Vice-Chairman Of China's Military Commission


These are excerpts from a speech given by Comrade Chi Haotian to top officers and generals.




Our Chinese people are wiser than the Germans because, fundamentally, our race is superior to theirs. As a result, we have a longer history, more people, and larger land area. On this basis, our ancestors left us with the two most essential heritages, which are atheism and great unity. It was Confucius, the founder of our Chinese culture, who gave us these heritages. These two heritages determined that we have a stronger ability to survive than the West. That is why the Chinese race has been able to prosper for so long. We are destined 'not to be buried by either heaven or earth' no matter how severe the natural, man-made, and national disasters. This is our advantage.


Maybe you have now come to understand why we recently decided to further promulgate atheism. If we let theology from the West into China and empty us from the inside, if we let all Chinese people listen to God and follow God, who will obediently listen to us and follow us? If the common people don't believe Comrade Hu Jintao is a qualified leader, begin to question his authority, and want to monitor him, if the religious followers in our society question why we are leading God in churches, can our Party continue to rule China??
The first pressing issue facing us is living space. This is the biggest focus of the revitalization of the Chinese race. 

To solve this problem, we must lead the Chinese people outside of China, so that they can develop outside of China.
Would the United States allow us to go out to gain new living space? First, if the United States is firm in blocking us, it is hard for us to do anything significant to Taiwan and some other countries! Second, even if we could snatch some land from Taiwan, Vietnam, India, or even Japan, how much more living space can we get? Very trivial! Only countries like the United States, Canada and Australia have the vast land to serve our need for mass colonization.
Therefore, solving the 'issue of America' is the key to solving all other issues. First, this makes it possible for us to have many people migrate there and even establish another China under the same leadership of the CCP. America was originally discovered by the ancestors of the yellow race, but Columbus gave credit to the White race. We the descendants of the Chinese nation are ENTITLED to the possession of the land! It is historical destiny that China and United States will come into unavoidable confrontation on a narrow path and fight. In the long run, the relationship of China and the United States is one of a life-and-death struggle.


Of course, right now it is not the time to openly break up with them yet. Our reform and opening to the outside world still rely on their capital and technology. We still need America. Therefore, we must do everything we can to promote our relationship with America, learn from America in all aspects and use America as an example to reconstruct our country. Only by using special means to 'clean up' America will we be able to lead the Chinese people there. Only by using non-destructive weapons that can kill many people will we be able to reserve America for ourselves.
There has been rapid development of modern biological technology, and new bio weapons have been invented one after another. Of course we have not been idle; in the past years we have seized the opportunity to master weapons of this kind. We are capable of achieving our purpose of 'cleaning up' America all of a sudden.


When Comrade Xiaoping was still with us, the Party Central Committee had the perspicacity to make the right decision not to develop aircraft carrier groups and focused instead on developing lethal weapons that can eliminate mass populations of the enemy country. Biological weapons are unprecedented in their ruthlessness, but if the Americans do not die then the Chinese have to die.

It is indeed brutal to kill one or two hundred million Americans. But that is the only path that will secure a Chinese century, a century in which the CCP leads the world.






Black Lives Matter is Actually Part of the Maoist Playbook Against America


Counterpunch With Trevor Loudon:

BLM is not a noble "human rights" group. It is a Marxist revolutionary organization designed to bring this country to its knees. Its leaders and enablers are pro-Beijing radicals with deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Anyone taking a knee to BLM is bowing to Beijing.





It's How Business is Done Now


Biden on the China Threat


Communist China's Chokehold on Critical Goods


CHINA IS EATING OUR LUNCH! - We Are Losing the Food War!


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Land of Confusion:

Koreans have naturally brown-yellow skin, but most Korean beauty products bleach their skin.









Source: https://downfromthedoor.com/2014/07/08/pale-like-elsa/



Political Cosmetics: KOREAN Skin Bleaching

Luigina Webb:

99% of Korean moisturisers appear to contain some kind of whitening agent. Without even noticing (much) my skin color has CHANGED (slightly) FREAKISHLY.

Clearly, the skin pigment has changed SOMEHOW due to skin bleaching chemicals in the face-wash or moisturisers that are being sold in Korea. I almost look TRANSPARENT. AND YES, I do in fact check the labels on products I buy (mostly).

There are really not that many varying shades if you want to buy cosmetics in Korea, and most brands only stock two colors (if that); WHITE, and WHITER (not kidding).






"Everything in Korea that is beauty supplied has a whitening agent. Also everyone goes to the spa frequently to cleanse themselves which contributes to skin whitening."




"Most of the Asian lotions have a lightening agent in it... I'm a guy and I use a foundation (no I'm not gay) and it has sunscreen and a lightening agent to it. Most products in Korea have them in the ingredients and are effective."








As far as BB cream, I've yet to find anything I'm wowed by. Maybe I'll try the Missha kind-- does it have skin whiteners in it? I know that's the big issue with ordering Asian BB creams, that they tend to have hidden bleach products in 'em.






Korean skin is naturally brown-yellow, which puts it in the middle of the skin colour chart.





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The History Of Korean Whiteface Make-up



The changing face of Korean makeup



Makeup practices developed during the Goryeo Dynasty (918 to 1392) when gisaeng, or female entertainers, started to use elaborate cosmetics techniques. They would powder their faces snowy white, pluck and draw their eyebrows into defined arcs and apply oil to their hair for a silky mane.

In fact, a tidy appearance was so important that men used to wear a smattering of face powder and light makeup.








Korean skin is naturally brown-yellow. Photo circa 1950s.





Korean Celebrities in Whiteface: Make-up that makes the face look whiter than it really is.









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Universal Appeal:

East Asian researchers want to know how to be the most attractive in the world.



An Ancient Equation For Beauty Called The Divine Proportion


For millions of years the Divine Proportion has been the universe’s own private secret for beauty. In nature everywhere it has helped to shape all that is…. From the spiral forms of the galaxies to the placement of the planets, to the spacing of the petals in a rose. Mother Nature is not the only one who used this seemingly magical yardstick for beauty. Since the ancients “discovered” the Divine Proportion, we humans have used it to create masterpieces of our own, including The Parthenon, the Pyramids, the Mona Lisa, and the Eiffel Tower, just to name a few!






Dan Brown, author of the bestselling book, The Da Vinci Code wrote, “When the ancients discovered Phi, they were certain they had stumbled across God’s building block for the world.” This universal “style guide” celebrated by artists, philosophers, scientists and mathematicians for millennia is really just a number: 1.6180339887, and is a part of your everyday life whether you realize it or not.




Interestingly enough… this amazing proportion is found in the world of high fashion as well. From the sought after Hermes Birkin bag, the classic Gucci loafer; the famous Burberry plaid (below) and even the logos of the respected fashion houses they represent… you can find examples of the Divine Proportion everywhere!




In the examples below, the Chanel® logo demonstrates that the height of the C’s [in green], at the center, is the Divine Proportion of the width of the C’s [in red]. The Yves Saint Laurent® logo demonstrates that the height of the “Y” [in green] is the Divine Proportion of the height of the “YSL” [in red]. The other examples show the green lines are the Divine Proportion of the distance between the red lines.

































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How Korea Wants You To See Them:

Bagel Girls and Monster Idols







Bagel Girls and Monster Idols


Portmanteau is a blend of words in which parts of multiple words are combined into a new word, as in smog, coined by blending smoke and fog, or motel, from motor and hotel.



Bagel Girl: In Korea, the term is a portmanteau of baby-faced and glamorous. "Baby-faced" refers to an adult with a youthful or innocent face like a child. "Glamorous" refers to a woman with large breasts and hips.




Web Comic / When I Woke Up I Became A Bagel Girl




When I Woke Up I Became A Bagel Girl is a webtoon made by Tank Guy over on Lezhin Comics.


Jeong Bong Gi used to have dreams of making something of his life. But now all that seems like a distant memory. He has become fat, lazy, unemployed, and altogether unlovable. In the real world, people are grossed out by him. He has never had a girlfriend and he spends his late nights fantasizing about women whose pictures he leers at on the internet.


After another long, lonely night of gaming, he wakes up – and is shocked to find that he has transformed into a woman. Or to be more precise, a woman who looks a lot like those he used to lust after online!






Monster Idol: In Korea, the term refers to a man who has a 'pretty boy' face with a macho physique. 









Yahoo! Answers: Are Asian women a threat to white women?






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East Asia's Secret To Glass Skin: Skin Botox



An Inside Look at “Skin Botox,” the Most Popular Injectable Treatment in South Korea




About 18 minutes into my interview with South Korea-based dermatologist Shin Hae Won, she brought up "Skin Botox." I had just asked if people in Seoul are using Botox for more than just wrinkles, thinking she'd say for migraines or TMJ. Her response: "Yeah, for the pores, as well. We call it Skin Botox, or mesobotox." She guesstimates Skin Botox has been around for 10 years, but I'd never heard of it.


The next morning, I sat down with Lim Ee Seok, the head dermatologist at Thema Dermatologic Clinic. (Rumor has it, K-pop group BTS visit it.) Lim was extremely casual about the popularity of Skin Botox, too. He went on to reveal his clinic administers it 50 to 60 times a day.


Skin Botox is, more or less, instant glass skin — no magical serums or multistep routines needed. To achieve it in this injectable form, the same neurotoxic protein (aka Botulinum toxin) is utilized as in classic Botox procedures.


"In the past, when we used Botox it would be for wrinkles, and we would inject it into the muscles," Lim explains. "These days, we will inject it into the outer layer and it lifts the skin."


In other terms, traditional Botox irons out and prevents deep creases in the skin by weakening muscles in specific areas of the face, like your forehead, laugh lines, or crow's-feet. Skin Botox, on the other hand, targets pores to create an all-over smoothing effect.


Just as Shin mentioned, pores benefit most from Skin Botox. The injectable tightens them to reduce their appearance and make skin look brighter in the process, she says.


Because of its immediate, incredible results, "A lot of celebrities get [Skin Botox] before they go on air," Shin adds.



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East Asian Society Worships Money: Shamanic Christianity







Shamanistic Influences In Korean Pentecostal Christianity: An Analysis


Korean Christians tend to see Christianity as a path to material prosperity. That trait is a residue of shamanism, the native folk religion for centuries in Korea and other Northeast Asian countries. In shamanism the shaman (a quasi medicine man or woman) is asked to intercede with the spirits to ensure one's health or business success. Many professing Christians contend that the gods of shamanism and the God of Christianity are kindred spirits.


In this research I will contend that there is a relationship between the gods of shamanism and Korean megachurch pastor Paul Yonggi-Cho. I will propose that the relationship existing between shamanism and Cho is that they both seek to resolve a common human propensity (the desire to be well off) and that in so doing Cho makes his faith utilitarian, and that with the long history of shamanistic influence on the Korean culture there is thus a favorable environment created for the receiving of his message.


Today's average Korean churchgoer believes that by embracing Christianity, he or she will get plenty of material success in this world and their spiritual rewards in the next.

Among tribal peoples, a shaman is a magician, medium, or healer who owes his powers to mystical communion with the spirit world. Shamanism is based on animism; the shaman shields humans from destructive spirits by rendering the spirits harmless. He receives his power from a spirit who selects him and whom he cannot refuse. Characteristically, he goes into auto-hypnotic trances, during which he is said to be in contact with spirits. He occupies a position of great power and prestige in his tribe. Noted especially among Siberians, shamans are also found among the Eskimos, some Native American tribes, in SE Asia, and in Oceania.


One Korean scholar believes that Shamanism poses a very real danger to Biblical Christianity. He writes, "Korean Christianity faces imminent and dramatic confrontation with the power of Shamanism. If we overcome, we remain true to Jesus Christ. If we compromise, we are reduced to yet another form of Shamanism with Christian veneer".


This same scholar says that "bok," or material blessing, lies at the heart of Shamanism. He says that among other (negative concepts) shamanism emphasizes material blessing and success in society without any accompanying concern for others. "It is individualistic, self-centered and possessed with selfism; a combination which results in divisiveness. Bok is not amenable to either individual or social ethics".


Along with that church growth the philosophy of positive thinking swept over Korea. "The messages from Korean church pulpits were changed, reoriented toward material blessing and away from emphasis on repentance. Bok became the central theme of the Korean church".


Lee says that it is such a preoccupation with bok that has produced unhealthy symptoms manifested in the Korean church. Some of the instances he cites include the tendency of a number of pastors to greet others in ministry with comments such as "How many people do you have in your church?" or "How much do you get paid?".


A number of pastors orient their messages on giving to the Lord in order to receive bok -- blessings -- from God. Repentance is not thought of as being that important, Lee feels.


While the Korean church is known for prayer; Cho's Yoido Church being a prime illustration of this point, Lee points out that while there is a lot of prayer for bok, there is little prayer for Biblical repentance. While once speaking at the world's largest prayer center located in Korea (presumably Cho's) Lee "found out that more than 98 percent of its visitors came to seek bok from God. Bok is a natural gift of God if we have a right relationship with Him. Repentance is the key to a right relationship with God".


Lee says that a major concern for Christians is Shamanism's emphasis on the present and on material blessings.


Korean Christians selfishly pray for the solution of their own problem and their prosperity. Since they are more interested in their personal benefits than in divine providence, their faith is in danger of becoming something of a sorcery ... Shamanism implicitly drove Korean Christians to focus on blessings. Throughout the history of Korea, most Koreans have cherished and pursued blessings.










Why the World’s Largest Church Still Worships Its Embezzling Former Leader


Pastor Yonggi Cho is often referred to by his detractors as "Shaman Cho," because his focus on individual prosperity is similar to the shamans of old that Koreans have believed in for millennia. Shamans heal the sick by driving out evil spirits, and pray for material reward and prosperity.


Korea University's Kim says this is an essential part of Cho's appeal. "Before anyone in Korea is Buddhist or Christian, he or she is basically very shamanistic," he said.


Cho often preaches that if you want something in life, it will come, and if you don't have it yet, you just need to pray more. He sometimes sounds like a self-help speaker on Oprah.


Mega-churches are popular with Koreans, who live in a very group-centered, organization-heavy culture. You are defined by what you are a part of, and it's good to be part of something big. Of the 20 biggest churches in the world, Korea has five of them.


Rick Alan Ross, executive director of the Cult Education Institute in New Jersey, told VICE that he has had several complaints about Yoido Full Gospel, but he doesn't label it a cult. Rather, it's "a very controversial church that has a history of complaints and controversy surrounding it." The main complaint, is that "Yonggi Cho occupies a position of singular authority, and to some extent has become an object of worship."


Even the courts can't convince the faithful that Cho is a con-man. Ex-members, including senior leaders, have accused the church of massive fraud, totaling up to $500 million. Those allegations remain unproven.


What was proven, however, was that in 2002, Pastor Cho instructed the church to buy $12 million in stocks privately owned by his eldest son, Cho Hee-jun, at prices four times higher than their market value. He also dodged $2.9 million in taxes in the same deal. The Reverend received a three-year sentence, suspended five years, and was fined $4,200,000. His son was jailed three years.




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Prophetic Warning For South Korea: “This nation needs to repent of their idolatry and return to Me. They spend their time foolishly.”



2nd Tsunami Warning For South Korea – Sharlene Reimer




I was praising and worshiping the Lord Jesus in His Throne Room with other saints. I declared the Lord in scripture and in song. When you sing and declare scripture, it opens up heaven.


I found myself on top of a tall building. I looked down and saw a harbor and other buildings and the ocean before me. Looking out in the ocean not too far in the distance, I saw a larger long line of wave coming towards the land. It reminded me of the wave that hit Japan in 2011. It was moving fairly fast with force and moved inland. In my head I understood it was South Korea. But I wanted to ask Jesus about it so I went to the white bench.


I asked Jesus to confirm that this tsunami wave hits South Korea and He replied: “Yes, daughter.” I have had a previous vision about this in #171. In that vision, I saw an earthquake that hit the nation resulting in a tsunami wave. I then asked why this nation and not North Korea? (I felt North Korea deserved it more because of their extreme communism.) But Jesus said: “I will be dealing with North Korea yet. They are not exempt. I know their wicked leaders.”


So I asked why then South Korea? Jesus replied: “This nation needs to repent of their idolatry and return to Me. They spend their time foolishly.”


Jesus said: “Disaster is almost upon you. Come out of your idolatry and repent, South Korea! Return to Me. I am waking up the nations.”



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Book of Revelation: North Korea and the Destruction of New York City



North Korea has a big mural that shows New York City being destroyed by a tidal wave. A nuclear weapon detonated in a strategic position might cause waves out of the sea that would wipe out New York City. Bill Clinton went to North Korea to give them five billion dollars and two nuclear reactors.










The CLINTONs and the Tsunami WHOA!!



That's New York. That's the New York skyline. And that's a tidal wave hitting it.



Here's all these guys in North Korea. Here's a big mural. But there's Bill Clinton in front of the same mural.



Here is Clinton showing up in North Korea to give them five billion dollars and two nuclear reactors.



Look what's on the U.S. currency. BAM! Busted you guys. So there it is. I just superimposed the ten dollar bill that's got a tidal wave covering a building, right in front of Kim Jong-un and his buddies and Bill Clinton.







Sinister Sites – St. John The Divine Cathedral


On the western facade of the building, stonemasons have sculpted numerous scenes that seem oddly out of place for a Cathedral. The most striking one is the chilling depiction of the destruction of New York City and its landmarks.



Twin Towers collapsing


The scene above was done in 1997, four years before the destruction of the Twin Towers. Other recognizable skyscrapers are the Chrysler Building and the Citigroup Center.



Apocalyptic New York


The scene above might be unsettling for New York residents. We see the Brooklyn bridge crumbling with cars and buses falling into agitated waters. At the right is the Statue of Liberty, which seems to be sinking in the water. Beneath this horrifying prophecy is the New York Stock Exchange, with people trading goods around it.





So, what is the purpose of this weird carving? Well, the first thing that needs to be mentioned is the actual St. John the Divine is credited for writing the Book of Revelation in the Bible, which describes in symbolic imagery the events of the apocalypse. Occultists believe that the Book of Revelation has been hermetically coded to reveal its true meaning to the initiates of esoteric teachings. This scene, carved on the west entrance of the cathedral, depicts New York as being “Babylon the Great”, the city that gets completely destroyed by the wrath of God. The Book of Revelation mentions:


“Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!
She has become a home for demons
and a haunt for every evil spirit,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.
For all the nations have drunk
the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

- Book of Revelation 18


The artists might be on to something because there is indeed numerous similarities between the actual New York City and the description of Babylon the Great in the Bible. The Book of Revelation mentions:

  1. A “Great Prostitute” who sits on many waters – peoples, multitudes, nations and languages – holding a golden cup. She rules over the kings of the Earth. = The Statue of Liberty
  2. Merchants of the Earth who grew rich from her “excessive luxuries”, weeping because nobody buys their goods anymore. = New York Stock Exchange

“The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:
” ‘Woe! Woe, O great city,
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’

– Book of Revelation 18


Knowing that, still today, over 70% of the world’s capital goes through the NYSE, we understand why the building was depicted on the apocalyptic pillar. It represents the “financial” aspect of the Book of Revelation, where it repeatedly refers to rich merchants and trading goods.


So, a landmark of NYC, the St. John the Divine Cathedral, predicts in vivid detail the destruction of its home city. Pretty unusual. Under the rendering of the NYSE, a skeleton and strange creatures, who seem to represent death and destruction. Is this some sort of prophecy?



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In South-East Asian Countries, Skin Whitening is a National Obsession



The great white pressure


Shazia Mirza:


I’m in Singapore with a friend of mine – a 38-year-old Philippino man. Yesterday we decided to go shopping in a vast shopping area called Orchard Road. This road reflects a variety of different people, cultures, foods, and countries. On one street you could bump into Indians, Malaysians, Singaporeans, Chinese, Japanese, English, and Tamils.


We decide to go shopping in one of the many malls. I needed some toothpaste so went into a sort of chemist / make up / toiletries shop run by Philippino women.


As I browsed the shop we noticed everything – body lotions, face creams, face washes, hair removers, even toilet roll – had skin whitening ingredients in them.


I’ve been to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Thailand and seen this kind of thing before.


Shelves were stacked with armpit and bikini lightening cream.












GlutaMAX Men for PBA


The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) forges an agreement with GlutaMAX Men as marketing partner.


In the Philippines, the national basketball league has an official skin whitening product.



GlutaMAX is Healthwell Nutraceuticals’ (an affiliate of YSA Skin Care Corporation) complete line of premium and advanced skin lightening products, formulated and tested by experts to safely provide maximum results. GlutaMAX products – soap, lotion, deodorant and capsules – contain high amounts of Glutathione that makes them more effective compared to other whitening products.


Four beautiful dancers of GlutaMAX Men perform and give away shirts during the big league’s halftime and time-outs.






The dark side of skin-whitening cream


Sunny Hundal:


In Thailand, most TV ads show men and women who are abnormally and quite blatantly touched-up to look lighter.


In most places in Thailand, I couldn't actually buy facial products for men without skin whitening agents.




I'm living in Vietnam, and it is nearly impossible to find moisturizers, deodorants, shower gel or make-up without skin whiteners. It is so expected that you would want to whiten your skin that there isn't really an option not to.



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Satan Gave Power To PSY







Luke 4:6 (Contemporary English Version)

The devil said, "I will give all this power and glory to you. It has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to."


























X-Factor Winner Reveals World's Secret Religion


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Japanese Skin Colour Is A Giant Lie:

From Medium Brown-Yellow to Artificial Lightness



Japan is homogenous. All the Japanese look more or less the same. They have similar face characteristics. They have one skin colour, which can be a darker or lighter shade. Their skin is brown-yellow. Lighter brown-yellow or darker brown-yellow. All the Japanese have the same skin colour.


The Japanese elite have the same natural skin colour as the lower class: brown-yellow.


Portrait of Japanese Emperor Taishō in 1912.



Emperor Taishō's four sons in 1921.





Japanese skin is naturally brown-yellow, which puts it in the middle section of the skin colour chart.





Disciplining the Japanese Body
In the past, women prayed for white skin to Konsei (a Shinto god). During the Tokugawa period, parasols or face hoods were used for total sun avoidance, skin was “polished” white with cloth and various natural remedies that were believed to have a bleaching effect on their skin were applied in order to “turn the skin as white as snow”.


Beauty in Japan was never natural. Japanese women have painted their faces white since the Nara, Heian, Kamakura and Edo periods, when court ladies were ideally depicted to be pale.






Note: An image search for the Shinto god Konsei turns up dirty pictures of male private parts that the Japanese worship.






In 692 A.D., Buddhist priest Kanjo is said to have been the first to make lead-based face powder in Japan. Empress Jito was delighted with it.

The powder is called oshiroi in Japanese, which means "white". It made their faces look whiter than they really were.


Nara Period (710–814)
Heian Period (794–1185)
Kamakura Period (1185–1333)
Muromachi Period (1336–1573)
Edo Period or Tokugawa Period (1603–1868)
Meiji Period (1868–1912)


In 1904, a lead-free face powder was brought to market.

Powdering The Neck (1790) by Kitagawa Utamaro





Edo Period (1603 to 1868):
The Japanese elite had the same natural skin colour as the lower class. The elite wore white face powder but prohibited the lower class people from wearing white face powder.






Lead Poisoning in Samurai Kids Linked to Mom's Makeup


During the Edo period, from 1603 to 1868, Japan was ruled by a series of shoguns. Below the shogun, a few hundred feudal lords presided over the country's agricultural domains, each from within a castle-town headquarters that was protected by a cadre of samurai military nobles.


A lead-based white face powder was fashionable among the elite during the Edo period, introduced by celebrity geisha, courtesans and Kabuki actors.


And there's reason to believe lead poisoning may have been widespread among elites: Nakashima and colleagues showed in an earlier study that samurai and merchants living in Kokura had much higher lead levels in their bones than did farmers and fishermen living nearby. They also point to individual shoguns known to have suffered from intellectual and health problems associated with lead poisoning.


"We assume that facial cosmetics were one of the main sources of lead exposure among the samurai class because they were luxuries at that time," Nakashima explained in an e-mail. "The lower class people (farmers and fishermen) did not have the luxury of using cosmetics and the laws strictly prohibited [them] from using cosmetics because they were workers."






Kabuki Makeup


Unlike Geisha makeup, Kabuki makeup should go right to the hairline with no bare skin showing. Be sure to cover the ears, neck, and shoulders (a little further than the kimono will be showing). Also, in kabuki, all bare flesh is white, so you will need to do your arms and hands. If you are doing a male part, the legs and feet will need to be white, as well. I recommend doing the hands last when everything else is already applied.


Kabuki Actors in Japan - 149th Tenno Sho Spling (GI) - Kyoto Racecourse (May 4, 2014)







Shiseido’s ‘Empire of Beauty’ (1932 to 1945):
White Face Powder manufactured by Shiseido made Japanese faces look whiter than they really were.


Japanese in Tokyo, Japan. 1934.



Japanese in California, USA. 1942.



Japanese in British Columbia, Canada. 1940s.



Japanese in Kachida-cho, Japan. 1945.





Japanese Skin Bleaching in the Modern Age

Skin bleach stops the production of melanin.

Skin bleaching chemicals became a normal part of the Japanese skin care regimen.


In 1985, Shiseido produced the first arbutin skin lightening product. The chemical arbutin restricts the melanin-producing enzymes.


Other Japanese and American companies followed with their own versions of arbutin products, for sale only in Asia.


In the 1990s, a whitening cosmetics boom emerged in Japan. All Japanese cosmetics companies produced whitening cosmetics. Foreign companies introduced whitening products especially made for the Japanese market. 











Yearning for Lightness

East Asia: Japan, China, and Korea


Ashikari finds through observations of 777 women at several sites in Osaka during 1996-1997 that 97.4 percent of women in public wore what she calls "white face," that is, makeup that "makes their faces look whiter than they really are."


A perusal of displays of Japanese cosmetics and skin care products shows that most, even those not explicitly stated to be whitening products, carry names that contain the word "white," for example, facial masks labeled "Clear Turn White" or "Pure White."  In addition, numerous products are marketed specifically as whiteners. All of the leading Japanesefirms in the cosmetics field, Shiseido, Kosa, Kanebo, and Pola, offer mul-tiproduct skin-whitening lines, with names such as “White Lucent” and “Whitissimo.”






A Whiter Shade Of Pale?


In Japan all skin creams contain a lightening agent.






Why Do You Want To Be White?


Are there any beauty products in Japan that actually DON'T make you pasty and pale!! I already look like a ghost after living here for 3 years! I want to be able to buy a quality moisturiser without smearing bleach-like chemicals all over my face.






2 Weeks In Japan. Advice Please


I can't use many products in Japan for lotion since they use a lot of bleaching or things similar in their formula.






The Skin Lightening/Brightening Trend


While lightening and brightening the complexion is a relatively new trend in our culture, it's nothing new in the world over. Asian women have been worshipping the perfectly porcelain look forever, and bleaching their skin with toxic hydroquinone to get it.


Lightening creams in Japan are marketed completely differently as Asian women are looking for milky, snow white skin tone -- it's what's considered elegant and fashionable. Bleaching the skin is not only trendy, but a normal part of their skin care regimens and skincare products containing hardcore toxin hydroquinone is how it's achieved.



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Big In East Asia: Digital Plastic Surgery



Purikura Photo Booths


Purikura, a shortened form of "print club" in Japanese, refers to photo sticker booths that print out stickers of photo portraits set against backgrounds and frames selected by the user. Since their market debut in 1995, purikura have been a major hit in Japan, especialy among high school girls. The photo stickers have largely taken the place of souvenir photographs, and are traded among friends and shown in sticker albums.


A purikura photo sticker machine consist of a photo booth, the monitor booth for editing images, and a terminal for collecting the stickers (from right to left). The monitor booth is usually covered by a curtain.




Among the various functions available is this option that automatically adjusts skin complexion and allows the user to select the whiteness of her skin.


Purikura even feature a function for making eyes look bigger. The camera identifies the eyes in the shot and then expands the size of the dark areas only to accentuate the pupils. Depending on the machine, it is sometimes possible to make the eyelashes appear longer and thicker as if mascara or extensions had been used, giving the eyes a fuller and prettier look overall.




Other available options include automatic processing for lengthening only the legs, an attached pen for drawing even longer eyelashes, and even a function for slimming faces.


Legs can be made thinner and longer by using this automatic processing function.






Users can assemble photos in a collage and design a single sticker that looks like a page from a magazine.




Nowadays, the image data can also be sent to mobile phones, allowing purikura photos to be sent to friends and uploaded to personal blogs, Twitter, or other social media sites.








Photoshop Level: Korean


My co teacher showed me my school’s yearbook recently. When I found my picture I couldn’t help but notice I had been photoshopped to the nines. I’m pretty sure I don’t even have pores anymore.


I was trained to take natural beauty and enhance it in a natural way. Koreans don’t agree with me on this though. For example, the other day I went to the bank and above each teller is a sign with their name and their bank ID picture. Every single picture was photoshopped. I’m talking jaws were smoothed and shaved to look more triangular and small. Noses are lightened and liquefied to add height. I guess the pictures looked like the actual tellers below, if they were on an episode of extreme Korean makeover.


After talking to some Korean friends, I realized tons of official photo IDs in Korea are photoshopped. A friend from LG showed me his work ID and his extremely square chin was suddenly softer, pointier, and more V like. He’s an electrical engineer, and yet somehow his work thought it was important to whiten his skin in his ID as well.


Drivers licenses are routinely photoshopped as well. In America, they won’t even let you look at your picture before they print and they usually take one. Koreans however will make absolutely sure they are showing their best face to the police officer about to give them a ticket, even if it isn’t their real face. I guess I can’t be too surprised. What do you expect from the country that requires a picture with every job application and has the highest plastic surgery per person rate of any country?


Comment from WANGKON936:

Koreans care a lot about appearance due to Neo-Confucianism, which say that individuals must put their best foot forward at all times. It’s been interpreted in the modern world as leading not with your “foot” per se, but with your face.






Passport Photo - Modeling pic!


In order to obtain my medical check certificate, which is imperative for re-applying as a teacher in Korea, I had to present a passport size photo of myself to the hospital.  Hmmm, I thought?!  Where can I get one of those?  So, I went to where anyone else in my area would go, NAMPODONG!  I stopped in at the first photo shop I saw and was met by a young Korean girl who immediately snapped my picture, downloaded it onto her computer, and began PHOTOSHOPPING the crap out of it!


This is all new to me, as I'm sure it is to you if you currently live in America and have had your passport photo taken at your local Walgreens, where you're given 6 "as is" pictures of your mug shot. Not here, in Korea though, the land where beauty is everything!! The girl smoothed my skin, thickened my hair, brightened my eye color, erased my wrinkles, made my forehead smaller, and even changed my smile!


There was a man next to me who was asking the girl to make his eyes bigger, nose thinner, and even asked for his hair line to be brought forward!  Apparently that's not a lot to ask for!  Check out this picture where a man was photographed in a red polo shirt and later put in a suit - all in photoshop!  AMAZING... and really weird!









"Photoshop- I’d like to add almost any professional picture in Korea is photoshopped. Even High School photos, so most these pictures are photoshopped that’s the noses and jaws look similar."






A guide to the Asian selfie apps that make you look slimmer, fairer, and overall more beautiful


China is known for its obsession with selfie apps that make it look as if you’ve just had plastic surgery. Meitu is just one of them. There are so many others used in China, including ones made in Japan and South Korea, that it can quickly become bewildering.


Meitu (iOS/Android) is, first of all, a photo editor for basic tasks such as cropping, collage-making, and exposure correction. It also offers a great selection of filters for food, portraits, scenery, and other objects. Of course, you can turn yourself into an anime character (or the stuff of nightmares) with the new “hand-drawn” feature, but the essence of the app is to make plastic surgery happen—without the pain or expense of actual surgery.


The app’s “retouch” feature helps you get rid of acne, wrinkles, and dark circles, and makes your face slimmer, skin whiter, and eyes bigger. Many such enhancements can be done at once with a single press of a button. See what Meitu did to me:


Bigger eyes. Flawless skin.



V-shaped face.



MakeupPlus (iOS/Android) is also developed by Xiamen Meitu Technology. As the name suggests, it can turn your bare face into one with makeup.


The app offers two major features. One lets you wear a full face of makeup in real-time when you turn on your camera, so that you can check out your look before taking a shot. You can choose from dozens of types of makeup bundled in themes such as “Exotic” and “Daily Chic.”




The other feature allows you to put on makeup—step by step—using a photo from your camera roll. There’s a wide range of choices when it comes to foundation, lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, and even hair dye.


Nude foundation. Styled brows. Copper hair.



Use Spring (iOS/Android) if you crave longer legs, a slimmer silhouette, or a head that’s sized just right in proportion to your body. Actually these are the only three functions the app has. Korean developer Lee Kwon Su launched the body-altering tool in 2014, inspired by his ex-girlfriend always asking him to stretch her legs in Photoshop.


Stretch your legs.



Meitu has since borrowed the idea of body slimming and stretching for its own app, but Spring’s offering is still easier to use. More importantly, I found its head-resizing function useful for my annoyingly big head.








Why A Skin-Whitening Selfie Camera Is A Hit In China


In Asia, the need to take and post selfies online is even more eyeroll-inducing, because it usually comes with a minor dose of prejudice: quite a few Asian women consider "light skin" as the ideal skin tone, and dark skin is associated with ugliness, so they do everything they can to appear as white as possible.


Quartz has an interesting (and sad) story of women in China paying up to US$1,000 for a Casio "magic selfie" camera that can "slim" the face and "lighten" the skin tone of anyone. The camera's official name is Exilim TR, but it's mostly known as "zipai shenqi" in China, which means "Godly tool for selfies." Seriously.


In a video that accompanied the Quartz piece, various Chinese women express their love of the selfie camera, saying vapid things like "yeah, it's true that you can edit a selfie with apps and software, but this camera does it automatically."








Chinese vlogger who used filter to look younger caught in live-stream glitch


Fans of a popular Chinese video blogger who called herself "Your Highness Qiao Biluo" have been left stunned after a technical glitch during one of her live-streams revealed her to be a middle-aged woman and not the young glamorous girl they thought her to be.


The Global Times reports that all was as normal and that her fans urged her to show her face and remove her filter but she refused, instead apparently saying: "I can't show my face until I receive gifts worth 100,000 yuan ($11,950). After all, I'm a good-looking host."


Followers began to send her donations with the largest reported to be 40,000 yuan ($5,813, £4,780) during the session.


However, at some point, it seems the filter being used by the vlogger stopped working and her real face became visible to her viewers.


She is reported to have noticed only when people who had signed up to her VIP access room started exiting en masse.


Many of her original followers - especially men - are said to have stopped following her and withdrawn their transactions after seeing her true identity.


China has more than 425 million live-streamers and the use of face filters is something that is common across the myriad of social platforms.


Your Highness Qiao Biluo's real appearance (left) and one of her filtered faces (right) from an earlier livestream on Douyu.







Beauty YouTuber Age EXPOSED During Livestream!




I Turned On Every Filter on an Asian Beauty App


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93% of all women have had plastic surgery done in Seoul, Korea.

(Plastic Surgery Capital of the World. 2011 data.)



Plastic Surgery In Seoul, Korea


In 2011, Robert Kim published a video about plastic surgery in Seoul, Korea on his YouTube channel Printing Paris Barcelona Rome Milan Singapore Hong Kong Printing Japan Korea.





"The Top Plastic Surgeons and Top Plastic Surgery Clinics in Seoul Korea are also the top plastic surgeons in the world. In this video, we explain why. And why women in Seoul not only get cosmetic surgery done for vanity, it's a necessity to get eye nose and breast augment surgery done in the intense life of Seoul Korea. Graphic extreme make overs and shocking before and afters shown."



"93% of all women have had plastic surgery done, here in Seoul, Korea."



"You'll see in these ads how extreme the makeovers are. They'll actually physically go through and chisel away, recarve, their facial structure, their skeleton, their bone. To change their jawline, to change their forehead line."


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"yep. 93%. I got that number from 3 different cosmetic surgeons. I can give you their direct contact info if you want to fact check. PM me."




A Survey of Korean College Students' Cognition of Cosmetic Operation 


From December, 2002 through February, 2003, a total of 402 college students attending school on campuses in Seoul, South Korea were surveyed. The survey population consisted of 218 men and 184 women.


93% of all respondents feel that they will need some kind of cosmetic operation at some point in their future.






Do All (South) Korean Girls Get Plastic Surgery?


According to this article by the New York Times, a survey in 2010 by the Seoul city government found that 31.5 percent of residents 15 or older were willing to undergo surgery to improve their looks and that in a 2009 survey by the market research firm Trend Monitor, one of every five women in Seoul between the ages of 19 and 49 said they had undergone plastic surgery.


While S. Korea is probably one of the countries where plastic surgery is not as taboo to admit as in other countries (here in the USA I feel people tend to think that those who’ve done plastic surgery are very superficial and over-obsessed with physical appearance), many of us who’ve undergone the knife still tend to lie about it, so survey results are probably an underestimate. In fact, I have a friend who got both blepharoplasty and a nose job done a few years back and she has removed every single picture pre-surgery from her facebook account. In addition, I remember reading an article about Japanese plastic surgery and the girl interviewed mentioned the same thing – she deleted all digital photos pre-surgery and even burned (yes burned) her physical copies of photos.








In Seoul, Korea, it's a necessity for about 93% of women to get eye, nose and breast augmentation surgery done. Many East Asian women who get plastic surgery tend to lie about it. When a survey asks East Asian women if they got plastic surgery, many would lie. The survey results are probably an underestimate.



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