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Korea's Cosmetic Surgery Phenomenon

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Korea Today
Graduation Gift
Double Eyelids (blepharoplasty) are the norm
7 out of 10 people do not object to cosmetic surgery, and even higher if money was no obstacle (Han’guk ilbo, July 12, 2007)
1 in 5 women admit to plastic surgery
Surgery in men more acceptable
Miss Korea 2013 Contestants
Stories
When?
Korean War (1950-1953)
American plastic surgeon Dr. Ralph Millard
First recorded double eyelid operation in 1954
First cosmetic surgery clinic opened in 1961
Why?
stigma -> norm
becoming cheaper, safer, better
"The Asian eyelid produces a passive expression which seems to epitomize the stoical and unemotional manner of the Oriental," Dr. Ralph Millard, American Journal of Ophthalmology
What
Source: http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/j/streams/2013/december/131215/2d10087908-g-cvr-131215-gangnam-surgery-tease-1220p.nbcnews-ux-520-400.jpg
Korea's Cosmetic Surgery Phenomenon
Where?
Asia*
South Korea's "Beauty belt"
Gangnam district
What is beauty?
heavy Western influence
Desperation for "Hollywood look"
economic growth and status
Types of Surgery
http://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2014/01/amazing-plastic-surgery-makes-korean.html
Before
After
Summary
Vocabulary
References
Allan Peng
Christy Buranaamorn

Natural vs Surgical
Heidi Montag
Ideals: Men vs Women
kkonminam (literally, ‘beautiful flower boys’)
ssangnamja (conventional manly man)

eoljjang (literally, ‘best face’)
Source: http://www.sarahbernardo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/heidi-copy.jpg
Comparison of prices (Korean vs US [in USD])
Double eyelid (2,000 vs 5,000)
Nose (2,500 vs 5,000)
Double Jaw (4,500 vs 5,000)
http://boredombash.com/korean-twin-sisters-plastic-surgery/#_
GIF: http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/miss-korea-2013.gif?w=650
ssaeng’ol as natural, "beautiful" look
well-done surgeries mark social class
Korean stars
Denial of surgery
unsuccessful surgeries dubbed "Western-style" look
gwang-go : advertisement

dangsin-eun yeppeoyo
"You're beautiful."

surgery : 'songhyong susul' (reformation)

eoljjang : ‘best face’
insang’i choun: 'friendly' face
gwansang susul: physiognomic surgery
aegyo sal: aegyo surgery
kyorhon songhyong
literally ‘marriage cosmetic surgery’

chig’op songhyong
‘employment cosmetic surgery’
JaeJoong (DBSK)
Source: http://kpopseven.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ptb-jaejoong-tie-wallpaper-1280x1024.jpg
www. geology.com
Kim Eunshil (2009), ‘The Politics of the Body in Contemporary Korea,’ Korea Journal 49(3): 5-14.

http://www.businessinsider.com/korea-is-obsessed-with-plastic-surgery-2013-5?op=1

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/05/the-k-pop-plastic-surgery-obsession/276215/

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/cant-afford-gangnam-style-plastic-surgery-korean-teens-resort-diy-f2D11749128

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/06/south-korean-high-schoolers-get-plastic-surgery-for-graduation/277255/

http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2012/10/09/more-men-opt-for-plastic-surgery/

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/world/asia/in-south-korea-plastic-surgery-comes-out-of-the-closet.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2378854/Bigger-eye-bags-New-Korean-trend-puffy-eyes-aegyo-sal-make-surgery-filler-fat-grafts.html

http://www.seoultouchup.com/why-the-beauty-belt-in-seoul/

http://www.asiancosmeticsurgery.com/korean-american-plastic-surgery-by-charles-s-lee-md/
kyorhon songhyong
(literally ‘marriage cosmetic surgery’)
dangsin-eun yeppeoyo
"You're beautiful (to a close friend)."
Mihija Sohn, Miss Korea 1960, and Sung-hye Lee, Miss Korea 2012. (AP)
Vocabulary (cont.)
ssangdung-i (twins)
ssangdung-i : twins

uisa : doctor

nun: eye
eolgul : face
ima: forehead
ssangkkeopul: double eyelid
ko : nose
teog : jaw

ssaeng’ol : natural, "beautiful" look

kkonminam : ‘beautiful flower boys’
ssangnamja: conventional manly man

uisa - doctor
face
"200 Pounds of Beauty", 2006
Kim Tae Hee
Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Kim_Tae-hee.jpg
Source: http://m.niusnews.com/upload/imgs/default/14FebN/AFTER25/5.jpg, http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm96/javabeans122/movie/2009/minyeo_14.jpg
Kim Yuna, Figure Skater
Source: http://media.themalaysianinsider.com/assets/uploads/resizer/sochi-kim-yuna-flag-reuters-210214_540_318_100.JPG and http://www.askkpop.com/images/upload/3/kingjoe20930/2013/05/06/Kim-Yuna-tries-out-double-eyelids-look-for-Romanson.jpg
Most-Requested Face
aegyo sal : aegyo surgery
"generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence." -MW Dictionary
aegyo
sal : skin
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2378854/Bigger-eye-bags-New-Korean-trend-puffy-eyes-aegyo-sal-make-surgery-filler-fat-grafts.html
Women's rights movement
2NE1 "Ugly"music video
Life-threatening hazards
Investment (small price for large returns)
chig’op songhyong (‘employment cosmetic surgery’)
insang’i choun: 'friendly' face
Favorable : ‘physiognomic surgery’ (gwansang susul)
"Beauty Belt"
Gangnam district
Underdeveloped in 1980's
Now the center of plastic surgery with over 500 clinics
gwang-go
plastic surgery : 'songhyong susul' (reformation)
http://www.seoultouchup.com/why-the-beauty-belt-in-seoul/
SNL Parody: 1:45-2:12
apgujeong-dong: district in Gangnam
Source:youtu.be/264nb9wX0Qo?t=1m45s
www.asiancosmeticsurgery.com/korean-american-plastic-surgery-by-charles-s-lee-md/
http://www.medicalcurator.com/b/health/specialcolumn/korean-plastic-surgery-price-comparison
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