The current ethnic description for her seems to be pan-Asian rather than Eurasian. When or from where this term came about I am not sure; I have to confess it’s new to me.
I checked in the dictionary, which gave pan-Asian as 'of or pertaining to all Asian peoples' which is hardly a true description of an Eurasian, but let’s leave that strange term alone and use the more familiar term.
There are many (though not all) Malaysians of Eurasian heritage who have been blessed in inheriting or receiving the best of the occidental and oriental features from their parents, becoming ‘improved’ visual versions or Model Mark II.
Erika Sawajiri - Japanese-Algerian-French beauty
I know because Olivia was (I haven’t seen her since she married for the third time) a ravishing beauty. Hey, KTemoc may be a loser but c’mon, surely not all the time.
Her beautiful fine smooth profile accentuated by her European (Dutch) sharper features, and enhanced by her dazzling sweet but cheeky-naughty smile, encased in a lithe willowy frame (and what a frame) with a light olive (Indonesian) complexion, and her long black tresses – jeeez, even after all these years, I just drool thinking of her and her 'assets'.
So, it’s hardly a wonder that in the world of showbiz, TV etc, that appeals to the visual senses, good lookers like Olivia would be in popular demand. And when a particular ‘look’ is sought after, the non-Eurasian look like the average Malay, Chinese or Indian (though is there a pure Malay, Chinese and Indian in Malaysia?) would not be in vogue and thus loses out.
Chinese-Scot Nancy Kwan 40 years ago - photo from macumbalove
Are non-Eurasian ladies jealous? Mind you, darlings, I have met very very beautiful Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban and Kadazan ladies – my luck ;-) – so I wonder what’s the fuss? They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, and KTemoc likes to add on to that by saying true beauty lies more than skin deep.
So Goebb … er … I mean … Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin said last week he would coopt the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry into conducting some ‘social engineering’ with emphasis on ‘ethnic facial landscaping’ and come up with ‘guidelines’ in a Malaysian Mein Kampf (My Struggle). The aim is to reduce the pan-Asian faces which he said dominate TV and billboards.
I wonder whether those Eurasians are Malaysians or aliens (Indons, southern Filipinos and Pakis exempted from the ‘alien’ label) or perhaps worse, second class citizens of rojak pedigree?
Anyway, not unexpectedly, the Eurasian communities have been outraged by such an official discriminatory social Bantustan-ization, that will undoubtedly affect their livelihood, especially those who have been employed as models and multi-media presenters in Malaysia.
Kelly Hu - Chinese-English-Hawaiin beautyThe Goeb ... er ... clone bull-ed to Bernama: "I realise that many advertisements on TV now, especially on private TV, feature more faces which are not Malaysians. This, to me is downgrading local faces."
"... faces which are not Malaysians ..."? How insensitive, how hurtful, how racist!
I ask the minister again, aren’t those Eurasian sweeties you're aiming to 'reduce' from TV and billboards Malaysians?
If they are, then aren’t their ‘faces’ Malaysian? Please take your grubby hands off the lives of Malaysians. We don’t want to live like Germans under the Nazis.
photos credits for Erika Sawajiri and Kelly Hu - Wikipedia