First, when I was looking at Hyphen Magazine to find Lisa Lee's body image article for this post, I ran across this preview to an article about plastic surgery in the Asian American community. Included are before and after pictures for double eyelid surgery.
Second, Zoe and I were playing Farmville and she wanted to make changes to our farmer avatar. Not only did we have to give her a bob haircut so she would match Zoe and Maya again, we had to change her eyes to the more rounded eyes.
So do you recall the post? It's Eyes Wide Open: Surgery to Westernize the Eyes of an Asian Child, about a father who had the eyes of his adopted Asian daughter "fixed:"
The speaker was a proud father. To illustrate his comments about a piece of art that celebrated the wonders of modern medicine (and which he had just donated to a local hospital), he told a story about his adopted Asian daughter. He described her as a beautiful, happy child in whom he took much delight. Her life, he told the audience, had been improved dramatically by the miracle of modern medicine. When she joined her new Caucasian family, her eyes, like those of many people of Asian descent, lacked a fold in the upper eyelid, and that lack was problematic—in his view—because it made her eyes small and sleepy and caused them to shut completely when she smiled. A plastic surgeon himself, he knew she did not need to endure this hardship, so he arranged for her to have surgery to reshape her eyes. The procedure, he explained, was minimally invasive and maximally effective. His beautiful daughter now has big round eyes that stay open and shine even when she smiles.
Even two years after learning of this case, I still have a visceral reaction of horror. . . .