Never Perfect

May 26, 2011

Never Perfect

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There is a question why more and more women subject themselves to time-consuming, expensive and sometimes painful processes in their quest for physical perfection. Yet this constant striving to reach a beauty ideal to accompany their other academic, career, material and personal achievements is steeped in a profoundly fundamental question of identity and is not simply a matter of an individual's personal aesthetic choice. Traversing historical and contemporary notions of beauty, stereotypes and iconography within Asian and popular cultures, Never Perfect incorporates a rich selection of archival footage and commentary from numerous voices which ignites lively debate on the phenomena as they pertain to race and gender identity. Written by Regina Park. For more information about the film, see:


  • Krizzia Yanga, Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
  • Kimberly McKee, Ph.D. student, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Perry Miller, Ph.D. student, Comparative Studies
  • Diana Ong, Psychology Intern, Counseling and Consultation Service
  • Dr. Jeeseon Park-Saltzman, Senior Clinical Therapist, Counseling and Consultation Service


  • Asian American Studies
  • Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO)
  • Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority
  • Unplugging Society: A Woman of Color Think Tank