Favouritism towards light-skinned people also exists in Singapore, where the ethnic Chinese majority are widely perceived to enjoy more privileges than ethnic Indian and Malay Singaporeans. Pervasive myths in the city state are that Malays are lazier and less educated than Chinese, while darker skinned men are often seen as sexual predators. “Colourism is definitely a problem here, at least 20 per cent of people [in Singapore] are brown people, and they do not have access to a multitude of things,” said Aisyah Amir, editor-in-chief of The Local Rebel, a Singaporean magazine for feminists. “Indians in particular are discriminated against by landlords and by domestic helper agencies” she said, adding it was not a “female only issue” as “male migrant workers are mainly Bangladeshi, and they are actively taught that dark skin is ugly”.
While Chinese privilege took many forms across Southeast Asia, the privilege was “stronger in Singapore because they are the majority”, she added.
American teacher Kristin Murray found her dark skin put her at odds with colleagues when she took a three-month work placement in Thailand.
“In the first school, one of the employees told me my skin was very bad and on my first day they were making fun of my skin tone, so I quit after three weeks,” Murray said. “In the fifth school, this [Thai] woman asked me if I could even plan lessons, and it really hurt my feelings. I was offended because the questions she asked implied I couldn’t do my job because I have dark skin. I cried so much after she said that to me.”
Diana Ogilvie, from Jamaica, was kicked out of her apartment in west Jakarta because her landlord “didn’t want any black people in his place”.They try to pin it on Westerners:
A legacy of European colonialism means that many in this region see darker skin as being not only indicative of lower socioeconomic class, but also as less attractive. Porcelain skin remains the highest standard of beauty throughout Asia, a notion that the US$20 billion-a-year skin-whitening industry does much to capitalise on, while dark-skinned actors remain under-represented across the media.This argument will only work on Baizuo.
The well-dressed, bespectacled expatriate had been doing nothing wrong as he strolled along the Taman Tun Dr Ismail area of the Malaysian capital, but as someone who saw himself as a guest in the country it was only natural for the doubts to creep through his mind as the two officers patted him down, rifled through his bag and demanded him to empty his pockets.Just as Muslims are making anti-semitism great again, the influx of Asians will make racism great again.
Here is video of Baizuo in 2030 getting hit in the face with the reality of diversity in America: