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The not so scientific affliction, “yellow fever”, a rather racist term that typically describes a preference for dating Asian women, is not a new phenomenon.
In multicultural Australia it’s quite common to see Asian women partnered with non-Asian men, but rarely the other way around.
Withholding that information at first meeting is key because with that information, people can write people off so quickly," she said in an email to By allowing women to meet men without their ethnicity overshadowing the initial encounter, Siren is admittedly a short-term solution to a wider cultural problem.
The ultimate goal should be to banish negative ethnic stereotypes once and for all.
Upon realizing she was Cambodian, some men would simply abandon the conversation."I felt unwanted or unattractive because I wasn't really a Korean girl," said Lena.
With a curvy figure and tanned skin, she said, "It's like I shattered these guys' expectations of what a beautiful Asian woman should be." in "The Yellow Fever Pages" in 2000, "The fantasy Asian is intelligent yet pliable, mysterious yet ornamental ... she comes from a culture where women traditionally serve men." The problem for both comes down to the damaging power of ethnic stereotypes.
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There are many instances where this isn't the case, of course, but it is currently a reality for me.
This is a reality for another group as well—Asian men are also less likely to be married than their female counterparts. That we continue to aspire to marriage—an institution invented purely for financial purposesand look at people who are not married as if they have some sort of stain on their character is the real problem.
Preston Chaunsumlit was identified by Gawker and magazine as a "normcore" icon recently, but he is also a brilliant observer of how race is portrayed in popular culture.
He is the star of Model Files, a casting director, comedian, and self-professed "dick with opinions." He and I chatted about this subject over lunch.