After being abroad for awhile, many non-elite Chileans don’t come back for a long time, unless they have to.And many of the ones that do, have a different view on what’s possible.
They find lots of people who actually prefer darker hair and features and find them more attractive than traditional northern European features.
When I talk with non-elite Chilean friends who go abroad, they tell me that smart, educated, motivated non-elite Chileans find both their platonic and romantic prospects much improved and I would imagine self esteem has to go up.
Both upper class Chileans and non upper class Chileans should leave Chile, but for different reasons.
For non-elite Chileans, their lives get instantly better getting out of Chile’s classist system.
Working in another Latin American country is ok, but to get the full benefit, a Chilean should try to live and work in the US, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand or another well developed country with a completely different culture and set of values.
It’s easy to see the difference in attitude in a Chilean who’s been abroad and one who hasn’t.Upper class Chileans should leave Chile to break down many of the attitudes they’ve grown up with.Their prospects for success go up the moment they step off the plane.They have the chance to see that if they work hard they might actually be able to better their lot in life.They instantly have more opportunity, are more likely to get evaluated for who they are, how smart they are and not their skin color, where they went to school or their last name.Non-elite Chileans quickly realize that lighter skin and blonde hair isn’t always aspirational in every part of the world.