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Not sure how likely this is, but it's not uncommon for Chinese parents to force their kids to change their names believing that they'll bring them better luck, e.g. fortune tellers might tell parents that their child lacks some element and superstitious parents will change their kid's name to include a Chinese character suggested by the fortune teller. Seeing how Yumi's mother seems to believe in the donkey skin Chinese medicine nonsense, it's not out of the realm of possibility. 🤔
I can't believe she's so self-obsessed that she's taking selfies while someone's wielding a pair of tweezers near her eye. It's not only rude and distracting for the makeup artist, but that's how you get poked in the eye, fidgeting and trying to find your angle while staring at your phone instead of holding still. Her vanity disgusts me.
Her tanking YouTube "career" is probably part of why she's taking a lot of Chinese sponsorships now. If you just look at Yumi's sub count, it's probably quite appealing to Chinese companies who just have to send Yumi a bag of cheap shit to get a five minute long promotional video on her channel.
I think she's in China now, because the intro and outro videos show her in a different background in a hanfu that she says she rented. My mandarin is rusty but I'll try to translate/explain the video.The title of the video says she spends 1000 RMB (~144 USD) on hanfu which honestly........ not that much. Some of the more flamboyant and lavish hanfu she shows in the video look like they could be worth upwards of 500 USD, but she freaks out the moment they creep into 150 USD territory. I don't want to keep bringing Japanese traditional clothing into the picture (I've used this argument countless times already in previous posts), but while you can find cheaply made, thin cotton yukata for 3000 yen (26 USD), decent yukata often cost more than 100 USD, and furisodes cost upwards of 300 USD. Just comparing these prices, I can tell that the hanfu Yumi buys off Taobao doesn't make use of high quality materials and are probably mass-produced with machines instead of made by artisans, and most likely look nothing like the photos they upload on their website. Not that there's any problem with that, but the cheapness of the fabric shows in her videos. She seems more concerned with collecting as many as possible over the actual quality of the clothes. If she actually wants hanfu to be taken seriously, she should be willing to spend money and pay good, experienced tailors to make her historically accurate clothing with good materials. Speaking of historically accurate, some of the "hanfu" she shows look like they definitely couldn't have been made in ancient China (the one at 4:45 looks extremely modern, I don't think chiffon was even invented before the 1900s... the Chinese most likely made clothes with silk if they were royalty). (By the way, the way she speaks mandarin is super annoying, but I'm not sure if it's just because I can't disassociate it from the speaker)
From her instagram, she seems to be on holiday, maybe in China? The thing is, normal YouTubers have a backlog of videos to upload when they have to be away for a while, but Yumi for some reason doesn't have any... even though looking at her previous videos, she seems to binge film a bunch of videos (almost four or five) in one day and upload them in a row. You'd think she'd try to milk her trip by making a stupid ass get ready with me or packing video, so maybe we'll see one soon? If she's in China she might not be able to upload because of the firewall.
Every time she says "sinna moon tattoon" I want to apologize to Naoko Takeuchi. Also, she fucking went and dissed people with real tattoos by saying shit like "you know when you get old the tattoos will get old too (and be ugly)".... BITCH. If you spend money on a good tattoo artist that can do clean lines and help you position your tattoo, and go for touch ups after a few years, a tattoo can still look AMAZING after decades. Yumi just can't imagine spending more than a few hundred dollars on what is basically permanent body art. Just stick to your shitty 50-cent peel-off tattoos and stfu, there's no need to make snide remarks about what people have decided to do with their bodies.
It doesn't matter where the fur came from, advertising it and glamorizing it is going to persuade people to purchase it, and when there is demand, the industry will grow. Real fur is now considered extremely tacky (and cruel), but cheap ol' Yumi probably loves it because it's considered a luxury.
"the great rejuvenation of the Han Chinese nation".... That just sits so poorly with me, maybe because China isn't a Han Chinese nation (again, 55 ethnic groups and 1 Han Chinese majority doesn't make it a Han country)?? Those almost racist undertones (though a part of me thinks that Yumi is too dumb to be knowingly racist), does she even know what the (Han Chinese) government of her beloved China is doing to Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang?? Then again I can't expect her to know anything about current affairs since she's only stuck idolizing the grandeur of a glorified and fantastical Ancient China..... (also, while her Chinese caption is very different from the English one, the phrase "great rejuvenation of the Han Chinese nation" just gives me low key Communist vibes.....)
I mentioned the strange use of the phrase in the other thread, and this is an extremely accurate re-contextualization of the phrase that should be very easy to understand for most Americans/those familiar with the concept of the American dream. As someone who is of Han Chinese descent, but isn't Chinese (a citizen of the People's Republic of China) and does not support the Chinese government, seeing this phrase being used by Yumi irks me, because she's lumping cultural identity together with political identity. In the other thread, I made a post analyzing the Hanfu movement in China and how its origins were Han-supremacist in nature, so maybe she's actually involved with that sort of thing? Note that with Chinese influence rising on a global scale, tensions between China and Chinese diaspora in countries like SIngapore/Malaysia/other parts of Southeast Asia (ethnic Chinese who live outside China, many for several generations), Hong Kong and Taiwanese people (ethnic Chinese who, mostly, do not identify as Chinese (citizenship-wise) and do not support the Chinese government) have been increasing, so Yumi saying something like this is akin to provocation.
This entire video was just her stroking her own ego and gushing over her reflection, offering little to no information about the hairpins, their history or their symbolism. Yawn. (Also, I don't think bangs were common in ancient China; neither do I think any women wore their hair like that besides the ~fairies~ of Chinese TV) Out of curiosity, I looked up the Hanfu movement on Wikipedia and I can kind of infer now why Yumi's hanfu obsession is so superficial. The Wiki mentions that the movement was originally meant to promote Han-centrism/a Han-supremacist China, which is... problematic at best, because there are 50+ other minority races in China. However, it also says that not all proponents of the Hanfu movement have any interest in its politics and are just there to enjoy the aesthetics. Take a look at these quotes from the wiki: **I know that wikis aren't exactly the most reliable source, but I'm too tired/actually don't really care enough to do more research. If these arguments are easily debunked, so be it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ "... scholarly research indicates that the "modern definition of Hanfu" was created on Chinese-language, collaborative, web-based encyclopedia Baidu Baike and Chinese online platform “hanwang” by internet users." -> tl;dr: "hanfu" as a noun did not refer exclusively to Ancient Han Chinese dress (pre-17th century), but rather was used as a term to refer to clothing that Han people wore. Han supremacists coined the term to reinforce racial identity in China. "Professor of Aichi University Zhou Xing said that the so-called "hanfu", which is not commonly used in ancient times, refers to the traditional dress imagined by participants of hanfu movement." "Hanfu is an invented style of dress that features broad sleeves, flowing robes, belted waists and vibrant colours. Its modern-day proponents claim it was the invention of the mythical Yellow Emperor and was worn for millennia by the Chinese people." (source) -> the clothes that hanfu activists wear are inaccurate representations of Ancient Chinese traditional dress. From the source linked in the second quote, the hanfu movement was triggered by world leaders being offered Manchu-style dress to wear at an APEC summit, resulting in the creation of websites and communities dedicated to preserving "hanfu", including coming up with their own designs of Han clothing. So, what Yumi wears has shit-all to do with traditional Chinese culture and was made up by Chinese nationalists and low key racists?? I'm not implying that there's no merit to hanfu or whatever, it's just... not that deep... and that's probably why Yumi has nothing else to say about it besides I EXTREMELY LOVE IT SO PRETTY
lbr thirty years down the road splenda (who will be pushing 80) is not gonna have the life in him to deal with yumi's bullshit anymore Also, "love because you'll regret after they passed out" okay, but what happens after they wake up then? jk i know her english is just bad
Omg, the way Yumi twirls in her videos is so clumsy (her feet are stepping all over the place and she seems so unsteady) I keep thinking she's going to crash into the wall behind her. This video wasn't completely awful for once, though the fabric and design of the hanfu definitely look cheap as hell (those rabbits....)
It's no big deal, speculating about snowflakes is what this forum is for anyway. Yumi's mom was probably working when they were still in China (as a single-parent household), so becoming a housewife like she is now is a form of retirement I guess. From the video where she cuts Yumi's hair, and from that short qipao she owns (Yumi used to wear it in some videos where it barely covered her ass), it's unlikely that she's over 60. A non-working woman in her late forties with an adult daughter probably has nothing much to do at home, so her pressuring Yumi to get pregnant so she has grandchildren is in a way, understandable. I wonder if Yumi's mother knows about Splenda's children though... I know single moms get stigmatized in the dating scene in China, but it wouldn't surprise me if divorced men with children are considered a good catch as long as they have money (though in this case it seems that Splenda can't even be bothered to support his ex-wife with his kids' needs).
Lol does she not realize that saying that she thinks pale skin is an "important beauty standard for girls" in Asia is basically indirectly saying that she finds tan/dark skin ugly? Yumi can say all that shit because she's privileged to be born with pale skin, but other Asians (yes, even Chinese/East Asian people, and especially young women) who were born with darker skin get shit on every day by their family/society who still subscribe to the same shitty "beauty standards" Yumi promotes in her videos. The excuse that it's just "a different beauty standard" no longer works in the modern day: sure, Ancient China equated paleness with wealth and status, but that doesn't mean it's an ideal that we have to respect and preserve. Pale or lighter skin as a side effect of avoiding UV rays is healthy, but skin should not be considered beautiful merely because it is pale. Yumi, if you watched those documentaries about skin lightening in parts of South America, Africa and Asia where people literally rub bleach on their skin, you would realize that beauty standards aren't trivial and actual lead to people harming themselves. (just kidding, as if she'd watch anything other than period chinese dramas) PS Yumi no one thinks you want to be white, one look at your hanfu and obsession with ancient China would imply otherwise
wait, when did she talk about the age of her mother? I assumed that her mother probably had a child early (early 20s) and ended up marrying a rich, decrepit old white man, which would explain why she has no qualms about her daughter following in her footsteps lol
Lol she sais the T-shirt was a "boys shirt" because it was fucking gray and had a boy on it (Todoroki?). Yeah sure because if it was a girls shirt it would be pink and frilly and have Sailor Moon on it, right? It's borderline offensive lol