Topic 10. Intersectionality: Race, Class, and Gender

This week’s agenda

We will focus on intersectionality of race, class, and gender and discuss we use intersectionality to analyze the white beauty standard and Atlanta shooting. You will read interesting newspaper and journal articles and watch some short documentaries. Focus on how we use theoretical terms, such as intersectionality, whiteness, and globalization, in order to analyze the white beauty standard and Atlanta shootings.

Required Reading

  • These are reading materials for intersectionality in general.

Textbook-like reading

Journal & Media

Study Guide

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White Beauty

Reading materials

Videos: Skin Bleaching & Whitening

  • Video 3: Why the market for skin whitening is growing


Videos 3: Plastic surgery (Warning: There are some graphic pictures.)

      • China’s Tortured Beauties: Make Me Look Western

      • Plastic Surgery: The Cost of Beauty | 101 East:

Possible Discussion Questions

    • After watching all the videos and reading two articles, discuss the following questions.
      • We explored some cases of white beauty standards in India, China, South Korea, and Ghana.
        • Why are “white” beauty standards problematic and what white beauty standard teaches us? Use a term, whiteness, in order to discuss this question.
        • Do you find any common background information that these countries share? Why has white beauty standard become a norm in these countries?

Atlanta Shootings and Intersectionality

Model Minority Myth

  • Videos
    • Model minority myth: Why Do We Call Asian Americans The Model Minority? (Required)

  • Adam Ruins Everything – How America Created the “Model Minority” Myth | truTV

  • A For Average, B For Bad: Behind The Model Minority Myth | NBC Asian America

Hypersexualizing Asian Women

    • How movies and TV shows dehumanize and hypersexualize Asian Americans | GMA

  • The History of Asian Representation in Film

  • Yellowface is a bad look, Hollywood

Atlanta Shootings

  •  Videos
    • Stop Asian Hate: Connie Wun on Atlanta Spa Killings, Gender Violence & Spike in Anti-Asian Attacks

    • Atlanta Shootings Kill 6 Asian Women Amid Peak In Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans

    • Weekend Update: Bowen Yang on the Rise of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes – SNL

    • Why We Should’ve Seen the Atlanta Shootings Coming | The Daily Social Distancing Show


Obesity, Race, and Class

Fast food, Fat profits: Obesity in America | Fault Lines

“Generation XXL”

The Weight of the Nation: Poverty and Obesity