A healthy traditional diet combined with a habit of staying away from the sun is skin care 101 in Asia… in Vietnam though, the women totally upped the ante by covering themselves top to toe. I was told that it’s been so since late 1990s, and even more so now that the beauty industry is thriving thanks to economy growth, Western ideologies and of course, traditional Asian values and beliefs; fair skin has long been associated as a symbol of femininity, purity, sophistication and high social class (as opposed to having tanned skin, which is often associated to poverty and hard labor).
Cultural assimilation; the process by which a person or a group’s language and/or culture come to resemble those of another group. The term is used to refer to both individuals and groups, and in the latter case it can refer to either immigrant diasporas or native residents that come to be culturally dominated by another society. Rungus tribeswomen at the Tip of Borneo… always so empowered yet so gentle in their unique idiosyncrasies – fighting cultural assimilation through kindness and practice of ethnic religion in modern North Borneo. “Knowing the language presents one with a strong selfidentity (sic), a culture with which to identify, and a sense of wellness,” Prof. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie, Cultural Survival vs. Forced Assimilation: The Renewed War on Diversity
Weekend chills at Sunset Music Festival 2015, at the tip of Borneo in Kudat… I’ve not been here in ages – so much has changed, the tourism business is thriving, but I’m glad the serenity of this place is well preserved.