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MATT MANALO: ATHENA AND AJAX

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MELINDA LUISA DE JESUS: “MIRROR, MIRROR: REFLECTION AND DECOLONIZATION”

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"Mirror, Mirror: Reflection and Decolonization" Melinda Luisa de Jesús December 2018
In the Philippines and other developing countries, the skin whitening industry is prolific and expanding among native populations. However, this desire for white skin has dire health repercussions, both physical and psychological. Many researchers in the field of Filipino-American psychology attribute this desire for whiter skin to the American colonial rule of the Philippines, which began in 1898 and lasted for nearly fifty years. Historians often characterize the American occupation as cruel and demeaning, leading to colonial mentality that has continued into the post-colonial era. As a result, in order to ameliorate this dilemma, one must explore how the internalized oppression and psychological state of the Filipino people caused by America’s previous colonial rule of the Philippines contributes to the success of the Filipino skin whitening industry. —from “Colonialism’s Role in the Succe…