Post # 1
I’m half Asian (mom is from Taiwan) and it seems to be a common stereotype that Asians look younger than any other race in the world. Why? I never understood that. I’m 27 now and I think I look like 27 (okay, for people who don’t know me it could be an age range 25-29). I have many Asian friends (age 24-35) and I don’t think they look younger than they are, especially the girls don’t (well, there are two guys who look younger actually because they’re not having much beard and are really skinny). Even many Asian girls seem to think they look younger than they are, or they’re just pretending to think that, I dunno. Assuming the same skin care regime (sunscreen etc.) I have seen the same signs of aging on any given race (the only time I think that for example white people look older is when they don’t care about wearing sunscreen).
So bees, why do people think Asians look younger? Is it simply because it’s a different ‘race’? What’s the secret? Or am I wrong and it’s just a few people who think that?
This topic was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by orangetree.
Post # 2
orangetree: From my observations Asians tend to have better skin (less wrinkles, less acne, more even skin tone) and absolutely gorgeous hair, so maybe that’s a factor? It’s definitely a compliment!
Post # 3
This can be a prickly topic, but Ill give my opinion. I’m Filipina and many people think I’m at least 10 years younger than my age. I think most Asian faces are round or oval and our facial features just contribute to a youthful look. Also, I have tan skin and don’t wrinkle as easily as my caucasian counterparts. Also, Asian women are generally petite in stature so I’m guessing that may be a factor. Im all for looking young.
Post # 4
An NYT article I read some time ago said that blacks and asians tend to have fuller cheeks, so when they age and lose fat, it tends to not make them look as old. Some other various articles I’ve seen have mentioned that asians tend to care about keeping their skin as pale/light as possible so are good at protecting their skin from sun damage from early ages. There are also some diet-related explanations out there.
Whatever the reason, I do think it’s true. My Chinese mom is in her 60s and looks to be in her 40s. I’m in my late 20s and still get carded even when surrounded by my middle-aged coworkers (I’m only half-asian though so we’ll see).
Post # 5
I used to work with several Thai women. At the time I assumed that they were my age (early 20’s) until I found out they were between ages 35 and 45! I wish they told me their secret. Looking young is a good thing!
Post # 6
I hope this is true! I’m half-“asian” as well (Filipino mother) and I never really thought I looked younger than any of my other girlfriends necessarily. But if other people think that I look young, then fabulous!
Post # 7
I don’t think the sterotype dictates that only Asians age well, Black people age extremley well too. It may be considered a sterotype but I think it’s pretty true for the majority. I once watched a video where a caucasian woman and asian woman of the same age were compared with their facial wrinkles. The caucasian woman had very deep wrinkle rated 4-5 while the asian woman had her wrinkles rated between 1-2. East Asians tend to have softer features than caucasians, having almond eyes, round faces, smaller nose bridge, etc which gives a more youthful look. I also think that in East Asian countries tend to buy tons and tons of facial products to take care of their skin. Some Asians do look their age but for the majority they look a lot younger. Especially East Asians because they have softer features.
Post # 9
Not sure why, but it’s definitely what people think. I’m 35 and people at work still think I’m 25-30.
Post # 10
gingerkitty: lol. great minds… 😀
Post # 11
TheGridMonster: The point ‘Caring more about their skin at a young age’ is absolutely true. I remember how my mom already told me at age 5 that I should always wear sunscreen, she even wanted me to go out with an umbrella when the sun was out, and kept nagging me to wear a hat and long sleeves. White moms don’t seem to be like that. In Asian culture it’s more beautiful to be white (well, at least in Chinese culture) than tanned, as opposite in the Western culture. That’s probably why many Asians have better skin than white people from a certain age.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
Kelly Hu from the TV show Arrow is 47 years old. My mind was blown.
This is a pic from this year!
FWIW I’m 24 and had to show my ID to buy a lottery ticket. And I obviously still get carded at bars.
Post # 14
One of my collegues has a Japanese mother and father from Taiwan. She told me recently her age and I could hardly believe it! She’s 39 and looks about 25. She basically said what that picture describes.
Post # 15
mochibunni: The white woman had more wrinkles etc., but don’t you think the reason is that the Asian woman just took care more of her skin? First, Asian skin is usually less sensitive to the sun, plus in Asian culture it’s more common to prevent sunburn and even tan from an early age (sunscreen, umbrellas, hats, sleeves etc.). If the white woman had the same skin care regime as the Asian one, wouldn’t it be different? Those comparisons are difficult to validate I think, because we don’t know their histories.