The Asian fetish. Yellow fever. You've probably heard of these terms before — maybe you can even think of that one Caucasian friend of yours that only ever dates Asian women. A negative stigma exists around individuals suspect of such traits, and I always felt compelled to dig deeper into interracial dating between Asian women and Caucasian men. The issue is really a lot more complex that one would think, and deserves a closer look.
The challenges of dating as an Asian-Australian man
For Years, I Was Vehemently Against Dating Asian Guys—Even Though I’m Chinese
But it was also partially about me. During my teens and early 20s, I was vehemently against dating Asian guys. When friends tried to pair me up with the one Chinese guy in elementary school, as if we were meant to be because I was the only Chinese girl, I quickly became annoyed. I scoffed and walked away, irritated at the unspoken expectation that I should to stick to my own race.
Do Asian Women Have White Fever?
For others, they make it work anyways. Often, this pairing is seen as a fetish for some and a normal relationship with a label for others. Wong Fu Productions briefly touched on these social issues beautifully in their skit, Yellow Fever
Earlier this year, I went on a date with a man who told me he had a thing for Asian women. We were sitting across from each other at a table in a fancy restaurant and he stood up to do a head-to-toe scan of me. I am sick of being fetishised because of racist stereotypes about "small and compliant" Asian women.