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Aug 12, 2015 Photo: Matthew Moy in Two Broke Girls with Kat Dennings While this may be the 21st century, interracial relationships are still considered unusual, especially when it comes to Asian men dating non-Asian women.This is in part because of two prevailing stereotypes facing Asians and dating, yellow fever and the Asian man as not sexy.
But as Vivienne Chen points out in her article, this situation is also not entirely the fault of just white men stereotyping Asian females.
Chen states that there are plenty of Asian women who exclusively date non-Asians.
She says that “We have grown up in a Western culture, with Western standards of beauty and Western ideals of romance — which is why we value “assertiveness” at the bar in the first place.
Yellow fever has long persisted in western culture with the view of Asian women as exotic, feminine, submissive and overly sexualized.
This can be seen and has been discussed in numerous research studies, books, blogs and shows, which looked at the objectification and fetishization of Asian women by non-Asians.
While not all non-Asian men who date Asian women are part of this yellow fever stereotype, there is still an overwhelming bias for relationships and marriages between white men and Asian women.
An article in the April 2011 issue of National Geographic Magazine breaks this down by showing gender and race within interracial marriages for the year 2008 (data from the Pew Research Center).
Whites and Asians came out second at about 43,100 marriages that year.
More interesting is the fact that 74 percent of those marriages were between a white male and Asian female with the remaining 26 percent for white females and Asian men.