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While my fellow Americans cut off their kids’ penises or breasts on a whim and make with the hormone-blockers, here in Korea they have found another reason to mutilate their kids — their concept of beauty. I’m still not 100% sure what that means, even after all this time, but it definitely means the looks given to you by Mom and Dad’s genetics weren’t enough.
The “double eyelid” surgery is the one you hear most about. Gotta get that “Western/caucasian” looking eyelid. (Don’t know how they do it.) Anecdotally, the cartoon characters drawn by kids here, as well as those used in advertising and YES, even military recruiting, all have ping-pong-ball round eyes.