#6: Body Image in China

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Have you heard of the A4 challenge? What are female bodies supposed to look like in China, and what happens when you don’t fit that cultural ideal?

This week, we’re talking about body image in China, and how Chinese beauty standards affect locals and foreigners alike. We focus on female bodies and hear multiple women’s experiences navigating what their bodies look like and how their bodies are perceived and talked about. We explore how the Chinese approach of being direct about body talk impacts people in different ways.

Episode producer: Hannah Tessler
Music credits: FoolBoyMedia, “Sky Loop“; Setuniman, “piano loop 0Y83“, “Nostalgia“; Corsica_S, “sigj
Theme song: 4barrelcarb, “Ambient Strings and Synth Mix

These works, licensed under the Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0), were changed from their original form and used in this podcast.
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC BY 3.0).

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