Bill Dodson

Profound changes are sometimes illustrated by very small changes, like fake eyelashes, China veteran Bill Dodson discovered in his favorite Starbucks in Suzhou, where his favorite waitress underwent a change, he reports on his weblog.

Fake eyelashes seemed to have fluttered into the fashion scene in a big way here in China about a year ago. They’ve apparently been popular throughout East Asia for years, starting with young Japanese girls. Slight women with slight features suddenly were able to bat eyelashes that were large enough to fan a pharaoh cool.

In the West, false eyelashes are a sign of – well – fake. Something a woman wears for fun: to a party, to a disco. But not to work. Still, in the Chinese woman’s exploration of her sexuality and how the rest of the world has been interpreting femininity since World War II, fake eye lashes are the height of fashion for twenty-somethings that have few – how to delicately put it? – distinctive attributes.

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote: “Ironically, despite high levels of short-shortsightedness, a new trend is catching on across China: young hipsters who opt to wear empty plastic eyeglass frames as a fashion statement. That way, their fake eyelashes can stick out unimpeded, and they avoid having to peer through glass lens that fog up when walking outside on hot, humid days.”

More at Bill Dodson’s weblog

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