An Asian fetish is a strong sexual or romantic preference for persons of Asian descent, especially East or Southeast Asian descent and to some extent South Asian descent. The fetishization of East Asians by people of other ethnicities is sometimes described by the derogatory term yellow fever.
A well known stereotype of Asian women is that they are subservient , passive, and quiet. This image persists today, along with the idea of Asian women being exotic and submissive. In the afterword to the play M. Butterfly , the writer David Henry Hwang , using the term "yellow fever", a 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". The term "yellow fever" describes someone who is inflicted with a disease, implying that someone with an Asian fetish has a sickness.
Hwang argues that this phenomenon is caused by stereotyping of Asians in Western society. The slang term used for a gay man, usually Caucasian, who exclusively dates men of Asian descent is " rice queen ". In a two-year study on dating preferences among Columbia University students, researchers did not find evidence of a general preference among Caucasian men for Asian women.
Furthermore, the study found that there is a significantly higher pairing of Caucasian men with East Asian women because East Asian women are less likely to prefer African-American or Latino men. The study took data from "thousands of decisions made by more than daters from Columbia University's various graduate and professional schools". An Asian fetish places a psychological burden on Asian women, who may experience doubt and suspicion that men who find them attractive are primarily attracted to features related to ethnicity and culture rather than other traits or characteristics.
Another effect of Asian fetish is that it may cause its targets to feel like an Other , because they are isolated and held to different standards of beauty. Men with an Asian fetish are also affected by the stigma that accompanies the term.
NPR correspondent Elise Hu offers that this can be a source of insecurity in Asian women's dating lives, asking: "Am I just loved because I'm part of an ethnic group that's assumed to be subservient, or do I have actual value as an individual, or is it both?
Writer Agness Kaku believes the mainstream Western culture undermines efforts to combat sexual harassment associated with Asian fetish. Noting how frequently women of Asian descent are subjected to verbal and online harassment, Kaku argues that Asian fetish "thrives on double standards that make light of racial bias against Asians" and states this downplaying leaves women vulnerable to stalking and violence.
Asian Americans' body dissatisfaction has been linked to the way they are often portrayed in the media as sexual yet innocent, nerdy, and emotionally inept  as well as the prevalence of White people in media. Asian Americans tend to have a wide range of body dissatisfaction, with some studies saying that they have less than White, Black, and Hispanic Americans while others say they range somewhere in between.
This tends to be attributed to the fact that Asian-Americans are viewed as " Forever Foreigners. This concept applies in different ways depending on the context. In this case, it means that the "true" American is considered to be the White American, and all other Americans are considered something else before they are considered Americans. So, to try to fit in, some Asian Americans may attempt to achieve traits they consider White.
These girls specified that they tried to achieve these traits because they were things that they believed White men and boys found attractive. In preparation for a documentary on Asian fetish called Seeking Asian Female , Chinese-American filmmaker Debbie Lum interviewed non-Asian men who posted online personal ads exclusively seeking Asian women.
Things that the men reported finding appealing in Asian women included subtlety and quietness, eye-catching long black hair , a mysterious look in dark eyes , and a propensity to give more consideration to how their partner feels than to themselves. Lum characterized the stereotype associated with an Asian fetish as an obsession with seeking "somebody submissive , traditional, docile Asian women may be viewed by Caucasian men with Asian fetish as "good wives",  as in they are perceived to be able to properly take care of their children during the day and fulfill their partner's sexual desires at night.
In interviews done by Bitna Kim, Caucasian men explain their fetish for Asian women. They all believed that Asian women have submissive sex. Since , marriages between Swedish men and Thai women have become increasingly common.
Historically, the number of Thai women marrying Caucasian men began to rise in the s and s as a result of Prime Minister Sarit Thanarat 's economic policies which attracted foreign investment and Caucasian men to Thailand.
There is a social stigma in the country against Thai women marrying Caucasian men, but research published in indicated that an increasing number of young middle-class Thai women were marrying foreign men.
A generation earlier, Thai women marrying foreign men had mostly been working class. Sources indicate that Sri Lanka is popular among Western "marriage bureaus" which specialize in the pairing of Caucasian men with foreign women. Data published in indicated that an estimated , to , German men annually travelled abroad for sex tourism , with the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong as their main destinations.
This idea is based on the stereotype of "the Oriental woman" who is considered to be beautiful and sexually exciting as well as caring, compliant and submissive.
Some Asian girls and women believe that their aspirations will be achieved if they marry a white man. Therefore, they may try to do what they can to look attractive to them. Some girls and women, Asian or not, may not see them as potential romantic partners because of the traits they are perceived to have such as being physically unattractive, emotionally cut off, and boring. There are relatively few representations of Asian people in Western media. Asian women in media tend to be portrayed in two ways: as exotic foreigners, docile and nonthreatening and sexual but also innocent, or as the nerd who is still aesthetically pleasing, but also emotionless and career oriented.
This leads many Asian women to believe that they have to be in one of these boxes. It tends to convey the message that if they are smart, they cannot be sexual; or, if they are sexual, they tend to not be aware of it.
Media in America that features racial diversity tends to be Black-White centered. This means that, if the character is not White, they tend to be Black.
While there is the occasional Asian or Hispanic person, they are often there for comedic value rather than actual input into racial issues. This makes it seem as if America is full of only Black people and White people, therefore putting Asians in either a limbo space, or a bubble where Asians only exist among other Asians. For Asian Americans, the ideal body is influenced by the media they see. Women tend to lean towards traits that distinguish between Asian American women and White American women. For example, one trait that is held up in Asian American communities is the double eyelid.
In her essay "Hateful Contraries: Media Images of Asian Women", British filmmaker Pratibha Parmar comments that the media's imagery of Asian women is "contradictory" in that it represents them as "completely dominated by their men, mute and oppressed" while also presenting them as "sexually erotic creatures". Asian women have traditionally been stereotyped in mass media in the United States. The Lotus Blossom Baby is a feminine and delicate sexual-romantic object.
In contrast, the Dragon Lady is treacherous and devious, and in some cases a prostitute or madam. Tajima suggests that this view of Asian women contributes to the existence of the Asian mail-order bride industry in the US. It is argued that media may be furthering the progression of the Asian woman stereotype. This can be seen in movies, where the women are characterized by submissiveness. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A sexual obsession with Asian people expressed by non-Asians. This article has multiple issues.
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