Children’s Westernized Beauty Ideals in China: Notions of Feminine Beauty

  • Tingting Windy Wang


This chapter sheds light on the Westernized beauty standards popular in China. Through exploration of popular media for children in China and Chinese art education practices, this chapter discusses how globalizing media, mainly White-dominated Disney cartoons and picture books, affected children’s drawings of female human figures, children’s perceptions of feminine beauty standards, as well as the teaching and learning practices of portrait and figurative drawing and painting for elementary school children in the research area in urban China. The collected data revealed that children in the research site had the preferences toward White mainstream beauty standards, which were evidenced in their drawings of human figures.


Beauty ideals Children’s drawings White influence 


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  • Tingting Windy Wang
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  1. 1.Rowan UniversityGlassboroUSA

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