Racial preference in dating

15 May

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NPR correspondent Elise Hu offers that this can be a source of insecurity in Asian women's dating lives, "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? In the other direction, it has been argued that the notion of an Asian fetish creates the unnecessary perception of multiracial relationships as being characterized by "patriarchal, racist power structures" in relationships.

Asian fetish (also known as yellow fever) is an interest, obsession, or preference for Asian people, culture, or things of Asian origin by those of non-Asian descent.

It is a slang term that stems from sexual fetishism.

Things that the men found 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 man feels than to themselves.

Lum described the stereotype associated with an Asian fetish as an obsession with seeking "somebody submissive, traditional, docile... They can properly take care of their children during the day and fulfill their mans' sexual desires at night.