Another volunteer had her work colleagues comment to her, “Your skin is dark. I don’t like. I don’t like.” Her skin is still very fair but it has probably gotten slightly darker since she’s been here. I could never imagine anyone in Australia saying the equvalent, “Your skin is pale. I don’t like it”. The obssession with light skin was demonstrated by the behaviour of a work driver that took her to a meeting. The driver insisted on stopping up to 20 meters away from red lights to wait so they car would remain in the shade. When she went to get out of the car the driver insisted she stay inside until he could come around to bring an umbrella to protect her from the sun.
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