Safely achieving that summer tan

Every summer, I get a phone call from my mother: "Nana, bu sai tai hei!" Translated: Nana (my childhood nickname), don't get too dark!

In Chinese (and other Asian) cultures, it's beautiful to be fair-skinned. While living China in 2006, I noticed popular facial creams that lighten the skin. What!? Why would anyone do that? It's a good thing I live in the US, because I have my father's dark-skin. In Western culture, we envy others' tans; tanning salons are common, as well as tanning creams, to achieve that sun-kissed look.

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