Though thousands of people have plastic and cosmetic surgery everyday, from liposuctions to rhinoplasties, this surgery is different because of the purpose behind it. Asian eyes are very different than most nationalities and it is that difference that makes them so distinct, unique and beautiful. However, since the first successful surgery in the 19th century, more and more people are getting it done. But, why? Why would somebody want to erase the part of their body that so distinctly describes who they are?
However, it is this distinction that they go under the knife in the first place and it all relates back to history. Ever since the 17th century Eastern Asia has lagged behind the developing world, by their government, culture and especially their economies. It was only until recently, after WWII, there has been a significant increase in their industry and ways of life. In many countries they were determined to catch up to industrialized nations. Japan for example, before WWI, they were considered unindustrialized, now their economy is the third greatest in the world. China fifteen years ago, was a completely different nation, incomparable to the economies of the United States. And now-a-days, economists are conversing if China's economy can surpass ours.
This race to become industrialized not only affected their economic behaviors, but also their perception of beauty. As the race continues, our industrialized culture is being embedded within theirs. 100 years ago, when Geishas were still extremely popular, their idea of beauty was pale skin, dark hair and small almond shaped eyes. Now, eyes are seen as the bigger the more beautiful. Western culture has had an incredible impact on unindustrialized nations, over the past decades. Though, only time can tell if this will be considered a good or bad thing.