After witnessing a peer of hers succumb to Western beauty standards in a drastic way, Elena realized she had to speak up for the unique marvel that over half of all Asians possess: monolids. Delving into the evolutionary theories behind monolids and describing her appreciation for the genetics that coded them, Elena hopes to help other Asians perceive their monolids as a special phenotypic gift from their ancestors.
Elena Wang is a senior at Mills High School who asks too many questions for her own good. As an Asian American, she identifies with the social pressures that they face in everyday life.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx