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11/10/2011: Joanna Rondilla on 'The Intimate Beauty Queue,' UC Berkeley


The Intimate Beauty Queue: Family Expectations, Romantic Relationships, and Skin Color in Filipino/American CommunitiesJoanne Rondilla Ph.D. candidate, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

This talk focuses on the intimate beauty queue, which explains how skin color and notions of beauty are used to create a ranking order in intimate circles. The queue ranks people from light to dark, where those who are light-skinned are offered more privileges than those with dark skin. This talk, in using interviews from Filipino women in the Philippines and the U.S., will explore the ways in which intimate circles influence perceptions of skin color, and how family and friends shape these women's perceptions. Conversations here are another way that women formulate ideas about beauty and skin color. These intimate circles are as influential as the media and popular culture in helping a woman shape her ideas of beauty in relation to skin color.

Born and raised in Guam, Joanne Rondilla is currently completing her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation examines Filipino women and perceptions of beauty and skin color in the Philippines and the U.S. Joanne is the co-author, with Paul Spickard, of Is Lighter Better? Skin Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans  (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) She is a co-editor, with Paul Spickard and Debbie Hippolite-Wright, of Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific  (University of Hawai`i Press, 2002), and contributed the chapter "Filipinos and the Color Complex" to Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters, edited by Evelyn Nakano Glenn (Stanford, 2009).

Where & When Thursday, November 10, 2011 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. IEAS Conference Room, 6th floor 2223 Fulton St., Berkeley CA

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley 2223 Fulton St., No. 617 Berkeley, California 94720-2318 510-642-3609