Two other post–Cold War creations—the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the BRICS forum—were likewise dismissed as irrelevant, meaningless efforts at their times of creation—yet, over the past several years, both of them have acquired greater depth and salience.The SCO was a product of efforts in the 1990s to finally and definitely resolve the border disputes between China and the successor states of the Soviet Union.Today, the adjectives associated with Eurasians are more likely to be "exotic," "stunning," and above all, "beautiful." Beauty has emerged as one of the most pervasive stereotypes about Eurasians. Somerset Maugham described Ethel, the half-caste protagonist of The Pool, as being "adorably pretty" and resembling "something not of this earth" but more like "the spirit of the pool." This fascination with Eurasian beauty and exoticism continues today.Even in the forums of Eurasian Nation you can read numerous breathless accounts from males worshiping "hapa booty." "I grew up in Japan being told by virtually everyone (adult and children alike) that I was either beautiful or cute because I was ‘ha-fu,’" says Abbie Yamamoto, 23, now a graduate student at Berkeley University.
In the Philippines, a new plastic surgery technique has been invented to mimic the "high" Caucasian nose.I don’t think I ever find myself wanting to feel ‘more white,’ or ‘more Asian.’ I’d like to think I get the best of both worlds." Additional Reading Ashamed of Looking Asian by Wena Poon – Jade Magazine Ethnic Poll Startles Singaporeans The Associated Press Beauty and the Beak by Hank Hyena – Asian Eyes by Christina Valhouli – Eurasian Invasion by Hannah Beech – Concepts of Beauty by Annie Wang – South China Morning Post Carmen Van Kerckhove is Co-Founder of Eurasian Nation.Russian president Vladimir Putin, along with his counterparts from Kazakhstan and Belarus, signed the treaty formally creating the Eurasian Economic Union recently in Astana.The assessment of many Western analysts has been predictably negative, with most decrying the effort as a vanity project, noting the weakness of the Union's market and institutions, and questioning whether this union will have much staying power. Other efforts to knit the post-Soviet states back together have also not amounted to much, starting with the Commonwealth of Independent States.Still, we should be less dismissive of Putin's approach to international institution building.
Half-Japanese Mandy Willingham, 25, has been mistaken for a multitude of ethnicities, including Tahitian, Inuit, American Indian, East Indian, Spanish, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian and Filipina.