This feature story depicts how Chinese young women are demoralizing themselves because of body shaming, with a shallow approach to Chinese Feminism.
Rationale for this subject
The modern Chinese beauty standard relates to being young, pale and skinny, compared to be tan and muscular in Australia. The feminine beauty ideal varies in countries, so does body shaming.
Living abroad, young Chinese women tend to be less confident among the crowd. A lot of my girlfriends suffer from body shaming experiences that leads to self-inferiority.
I’m one of the “inferior girl’s league”. On account of my skinny body, I’ve received loads of judgements in my life, some of which are sexual harassments:
“I believe your boyfriend would not want to have sex with you”
“Have you ever considered giving birth to a child? I don’t think you can.”
My personal story proves that anyone could be a victim of body shaming even if you’ve somewhat met standards.
Body shame is a feminist issue, however, the development of Chinese feminism is under suppression, because it’s considered to be Western infiltration in China. The voices of Chinese women are missing in the world. How much more successful would feminist movements be if 1.418 billion Chinese women weren’t neglected?
The story aims to boost the volume of Chinese women’s voices.
- Chinese women between 20 to 34, looking for self-value and building social status
- Feminists who are concerned with Chinese feminism
Medium: loads of Chinese feminism stories are published here
- Start with a body shame story on Chinese woman
- Confusion: different beauty standards for Chinese women living abroad
- How body shaming wears Chinese women down
- Ice and fire: the suppression and revival of Chinese feminism
- Can Chinese young women control their body in future?
I’ll pursue the sources from interviews and online reports. For better depicts the story angle in global perspective, I locate my interviewees in Chinese young women living in various districts.
- For the personal story:
Sally Luo, former editor of vogue, pursuing a fashion career
Karen Sowaiying, feminism activist in HK
- For boarder story via projects and researches:
Ms. Q, feminist research student of CUHK, activist
Caroline Lyu, Chinese photographer based in Paris, working on body projects
- For the professional analysis:
Dr. Astrida Neimanis, feminist scholars in campus
Potential interview questions
- In terms of feminine beauty ideal, what’s the difference between that of China and the country you live in?
- Have you ever criticized your body? Why?
Body Shame and Chinese Feminism:
- Has someone body shamed you? How does it affect you? Have you overcome it?
- Do you come across impressive stories in your project?
- How do you think of the relationship between body shame and Chinese feminism?
- What do you feel about the development of Chinese feminism?
- Why the world should pay attention to Chinese Feminism?
Since the topic relates to traumatic personal stories, audio instead of video will be use.