- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
- Enjoy Christmas at the Alys Dec. 2, “The Season’s First Jingle”
- Engineering’s Ning wins ASTM International award
- Collat School of Business unveils sign at celebration
- Heudebert elected master by American College of Physicians
- Anti-aging strategies can improve more than looks
- On campus ‘blackout’ taken in stride
Viewpoint: Many faces of changing times
Deep down, everyone has something they don’t like about themselves, something they wish they could make better. Some people may not like how emotional they can get, some may not like how bad they are at a school subject, and some don’t like a physical characteristic of theirs. People may decide to be proud of whom they are but some wish to change themselves. If they think such a thing is needed on their own then good for them. They were doing what they were right for them and them alone. However, the world around us will at times force people to change.
Julie Chen, a famous TV personality and news anchor announced that, as a result of what her former boss said, “she underwent plastic surgery on her eyes to make them look ‘less Asian’” (The Atlantic). Her boss said because of her Asian heritage she was no longer relatable to the Ohio population. He informed her that “’because of [her] heritage, because of [her] Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when [she’s] on camera—when [she’s] interviewing someone—[she] look disinterested and bored because [her] eyes are so heavy. They are so small’” (The Atlantic).
Julie Chen has said she’s proud of her Chinese heritage and she has to live with the decisions she has made. The world she worked in just wasn’t proud of her heritage and to expand her career she was forced to make a tough decision. It isn’t a decision that should have been forced on her, however. She never felt anything wrong with her appearance and especially felt no need to change it until the world forced her to either give up on job opportunities or get the change.
Even though we live in a free country where we are all equal there are still signs of equality and racism about. It is known very well that appearance is important on television but people shouldn’t be forced to change because of their heritage. Rather, it is the rest of the world that should change to accept those who are different. Being different isn’t a bad thing because it exposes different cultures to the world and allows people to learn more and appreciate the differences. Chen has had many successes in her career and is “one of the few visible Asian American anchors on TV, but her successes came at the expense of making herself look less Asian” (The Atlantic). What good is it to represent one’s culture and people when they no longer look like they do? People shouldn’t be forced to change who they are because it doesn’t fit in with others’ ideals.