iSteve commenter Duke of Qin writes:
Steve Sailer writes in his new Taki’s Magazine column:
The Indian moviegoing masses seem to share the pro-Aryan prejudices of the old Northern European philosophers, with most Bollywood stars drawn from the fairer and taller Northern Indians with more steppe descent.
Steve, you are certainly not aware of this and most Chinese are probably ignorant of this too, but the Chinese entertainment industry does discriminate against “Southern” Chinese. By “Southern” I mean explicitly the extreme south coastal provinces of Guangdong and Fujian. What is interesting is that the discrimination while quantifiable seems to be entirely directed against women and doesn’t seem to impact men or perhaps not to anywhere near a significant degree so no one seems to care or even recognize it. I actually compiled a list of major Chinese TV shows within the last few years featuring young “starlets” in lead and supporting roles and basically out of the hundred or so actresses I looked at, I couldn’t find one of Guangdong or Fujian ancestry. The few mainland TV productions that did feature actresses from these two provinces were always 40+ and playing the old lady roles, and mainly from Hong Kong. This is surprising because these are two of China’s wealthiest provinces and Guangdong at least is one of China’s most populous so you would expect more actresses coming from there but no.
The young actresses came from practically every other provinces, with even Yunnan represented. The areas of China that were overrepresented are basically divided into three regions: the North China heartland of Shanxi, Hebei, Shandong (Shandong is especially overrepresented) and adjacent Dongbei (Again heavily overrepresented and since these populations are descended from 19th century Shandong emigres), the Jiangnan region covering Jiangsu and Zhejiang, and finally Sichuan.
Basically the areas over-represented fit into long held Chinese regional stereotypes. Northern beauties are tall and fair, Jiangnan cuties are feminine and cultured, Sichuan hotties are extra “spicey”. Guangdong women, and to a lesser degree Fujian are generally stereotyped in China as short, dark, and worst of all shrewish. What hits them worse than their physical shortcomings is the stereotype of them as unpleasant and demanding women prone to henpeckery.
Perhaps the Chinese movie industry is full of vulgar but energetic movie producers from Guangdong with names like Harb Won-ton who are notorious for casting / hitting on all the non-Guangdong actresses?
Now while these stereotypes are just stereotypes, there is actually a genetic component. The Chinese of North and Central China are extremely genetically homogenous. Across the entire North China plain, the Fst values barely even touch 0.0001 and central to North it’s only around 0.0005 to 0.001. The primary outliers to this are hilly and mountainous Guangdong and Fujian which are 0.003 to 0.0015 diverged from North China. The Northern Han are basically a composite population of ancient Northerneastern Eurasian hunter gatherers and a “Sinitic” component originating from where I theorize was the Himalayan headwaters of the yellow river some 5-6 kya that basically demographically obliterated them like Yamnaya steppe nomads did to the European hunter gatherers and Anatolian farmers, but to an even more complete degree. Europeans are generally 20% steppe ancestry max, while the the Northern Han are 85% Sinitic and 15% Northeastern hunter gatherer. The central Chinese are roughly 90% Northern Han and 10% Southern-Central Chinese native which is basically the Tai-Kidai peoples that were also demographically overwhelmed and pushed South to populate what is now Southeast Asia. The Han Chinese of Guangdong are basically the most divergent from the ancestral population as they are on average about 70% Northern Han and almost 30% Tai-Kadai native. Amusingly enough, the population of Guangdong seems to be the inverse of the neighboring Vietnamese who are 30% Northern Han ancestry and are 70% Tai-Kadai.
One more odd detail I wanted to mention is that I suspect it is the sinitic ancestry component that drives selection for height among East Asian populations. The South Koreans are the tallest for now in the far east but they have stopped growing. Their population structure is basically 50/50 split between ancestral Northeastern hunter gatherer and the Sinitic component. The Japanese are basically 85/10/5 for northeastern hunter gatherer, sinitic, and south-central China Tai-Kadai ancestry and are on average 3 centimeters shorter than the South Koreans. The ancient northeastern hunter gatherer seems to select for short and stocky like the Mongolians and other current Siberian populations. The North Koreans, before the division were taller than the South Koreans and their ancestry is almost certainly even more shifted towards to the sinitic component than their Southern counterparts. The Chinese of the North China plain are now only slightly shorter than the South Koreans and more importantly, still growing. The most developed parts of Southern Han ancestry seems to top out similar to Japan (see Hong Kong/Singapore/Taiwan) but the Han of the North have historically been significantly taller, on average 5-6 centimeters.