CANTO SLANG: EPISODE 16
Back to more descriptions and slang relating to wives, girlfriends, and women. Those Hong Kong people…
YELLOW FACE WIFE
WTF is that? No, this isn’t as derogatory as black face, and this is safe for work.
YELLOW FACE ORIGINS:
The etymology for yellow face derives from… well, the skin tone of Asians. Caucasians have more pink undertones, whereas Asians have more yellow undertones in their skin..
The classic yellow face wife will be a devoted homemaker; they put the needs, priorities and interests’ of their husband and kids above their own. They are busy providing and giving to the family; thus have no time or have neglected to pamper and take care of themselves in terms of appearance.
The yellow face refers to the yellow skin tone of the devoted wife who has no makeup on. Consequently, her yellow skin tone is showing because she has not used foundation to neutralize the yellowness away.
Did you check out the previous slang, “Sell Duck Eggs”?