It makes me nervous to write this. I rely on data and interviews with researchers. I took on this new role partly out of anger and sadness, and partly because I found my voice over the course of replying to texts from well-meaning white friends. It was such a struggle even to get the shooting recognized as race related. Catcalls for us are always a bit racist. Almost every movie or TV show with a minor Asian character further perpetuates stereotypes that serve to other us or objectify us.
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An Asian fetish is a strong sexual or romantic preference for persons of Asian descent, specifically East or Southeast Asian descent and sometimes South Asian descent. The fetishization of East Asians by people of other ethnicities is sometimes described by the derogatory term yellow fever. Asian women are often stereotyped as subservient, passive, and quiet. This portrayal persists today, along with the idea of Asian women—and, to a lesser extent, men—being exotic and submissive. In the afterword to the play M. Butterfly , the writer David Henry Hwang , using the term "yellow fever", a derogatory pun on the disease of the same name , discusses " Caucasian " men with a "fetish" for east Asian women. The pun refers to the color terminology for race , in which persons of East and Southeast Asian heritage are sometimes described as "Yellow people".
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Foreign women dating Chinese men is a lesser-seen form of interracial romance in China. Photos: CFP. Shen Da and Vicky.
KIM November 15, Which begs the question: why? I sometimes ask that aloud. Nor should we feel obligated to constrain our options to Asian men.