...“My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.” So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Thursday, 9 January 2014
Things I thought I understood
thought I understood racism growing up in Nova Scotia with many of my
friends parents being immigrants from Aisa & having African Canadian
friends & hearing some of their parents & their stories.
Then God asked me to be a missionary in Asia. Koreans wear gloves &
spf 100 to keep white b/c it's beautiful they told me. Mongolians who
were tanned told me that all they wanted to do was be less tanned. why
you ask b/c being less tanned meant that they not be judged as fast & would appear that they
were in a higher social class. tanned Mongolians are working class
Mongolians & that is not good some told me.
Now I live in
Thailand & in most small & big stores I can't find cosmetic
(deodorant, aftershave, skin cream, toothpaste, etc...) that does not
have whitening/bleaching agents in it b/c in Asia "white is beautiful". I
go to every mall here & there are sometimes whole floors of clinics
to change almost everything about your body & they always have skin
Many Thai workers & outside labourers
here will wear boots/shoes, heavy socks, thick pants/trousers
undershirts, long sleeve shirts, hoodie sweaters with the hood up,
winter ski masks that only show your eyes & mouth & a large hat
while working in +45 Celsius sunny heat. They do this b/c they don't
want to tan or get dark. Why? Because white is beautiful here & they
usually will be treated differently. It is sooo sad.
never impose this on foreigners that are not Eastern Asian looking, but
say this is just for us, meaning Asians. They are racist to their own
kind; Asians, especially Eastern Asians.
"...The Lord does not
look at the things people look at. People look at the outward
appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7b
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:13-14