The idea that a mother’s “love” made do more harm than good is certainly a difficult one, especially when that love reflects a prevalent cultural norms.
Addressing this, Dr. Paul speaks with Professor Nikki Khanna (University of Virginia) about how mothers within the Asian-American community, as much of elsewhere in the non-Western world, influence or pressure their daughters to physically lighten their skin.
It’s also one of the main themes in Professor Khanna’s recent book, Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism, where she–and the voices of several Asian American female authors–illuminate the big business of skin lightening products and how, through propaganda-like imagery and advertising, it perpetuates the racist myth that the whiter you are, the more “value” you have as a person.
Special thanks to journalist and social justice advocate, Ayesha Khan, for her guidance in the preparation of this episode.
Producer – Dr. Paul Salvatori
Writer & Host – Dr. Paul Salvatori
Sound Editor – Peter Bull
Music – Dr. Paul Salvatori