In the very first episode of “SIGNATURES”, animator and illustrator Gyimah Gariba speaks to Jason Nicco-Annan about his early influences, inspirations and aspirations.
Gyimah is just one of the super-talented artists featured in Jason Nicco Annan’s “SIGNATURES” video series, which offers a behind the scenes look at the work and process of some of Ghana’s most exciting young creatives.
The obsession with Asian eyes, especially the shape, dates back centuries. And it seems like the easiest way to describe an Asian person’s eyes is by likening them to nuts. Specifically, almonds. Like many others, I’ve thought: Hey! My eyes aren’t even shaped like these things.And comparing the eyes of Asian folks to almonds isn’t even really accurate, according to blogger Claire Light. She superimposed almonds over the eyes of Asian and white people. Light concludes, exasperated: “People, do I have to spell it out for you? East Asians don’t have almond shaped eyes. White people do.”
But where does the phrase “almond-shaped eyes” come from?
Kat Chow breaks it down on NPR’s Code Switch blog.