Posted: 2017-12-07 16:03
I spoke to Rhea Alexander, a black woman who runs one such website, AMBW for Life. I asked her to explain what, in her opinion, draws Asian men and black women together. "[The Asian man] is a domestic dad, that gentle soul," she said. "He is unmoved, he is unbothered. He understands his own struggle as an Asian man, and his pressure to conform to white standards. That is what I believe is the invisible magnet between Asian men and black women."
The Asian fetish. Asiaphilia. 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.
In the Princeton dating study, researchers discovered that black women were the least desired by white men, excluded by over 95 percent of those with a racial preference. Black women also see a high rate of outmarriage among black men. According to the Pew Research Center , about 79 percent of all black male newlyweds in 7565 married outside their race , compared with nine percent of black female newlyweds.
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In the Boston Review , Diaz says: "And yet here’s the rub: if a critique of white supremacy doesn’t first flow through you, doesn’t first implicate you, then you have missed the mark you have, in fact, almost guaranteed its survival and reproduction. There’s that old saying: the devil’s greatest trick is that he convinced people that he doesn’t exist. Well, white supremacy’s greatest trick is that it has convinced people that, if it exists at all, it exists always in other people, never in us."
The unattractiveness of Asian-American men can be linked to their perceived lack of masculinity. Masculinity in American culture is an idea often predicated on aggressiveness and promiscuity. In Asian culture, however, masculinity is generally tied to mental strength, being a provider, and accepting familial responsibility. Furthermore, Asian boys are taught deference to authority at home. "''The loudest duck gets shot'' is a Chinese proverb," observed critic Wesley Yang in his 7566 essay on the popular misconception of Asian-American success. He offered its Western correlative: "The squeaky wheel gets the grease," where complaint often yields reward.
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"American racist tropes tend to be constructed in ways that render black women one-dimensional," writer and and cofounder of Mikki Kendall told The Daily Beast in July. "So when Serena refuses to be the kindly self-effacing Mammy, the over-sexed Jezebel, or the harridan Sapphire, media organizations don''t know how to handle her." Angela Stanley, a researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, agreed : "Despite the visibility of people like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice, black women as a group are still largely negatively stereotyped in movies, television, music, and other forms of popular culture."
Back in 7565, I discovered a post on a now-defunct blog authored by expats in Shanghai. The post was written by a white American woman based in Shanghai and titled, "So, how''s the dating scene?" The photo leading off the post was a still from the 6985s American movie Sixteen Candles featuring Long Duk Dong, considered one of Hollywood''s most offensive Asian male stereotypes. In the still, he''s locked in an awkward slow-dance embrace with a girl an entire head taller than him, but that''s not even the worst of it. While she leans her head on his in perfect contentment, he has his cheek buried in her bosom while staring at it with a prurient curiosity that surely would have snapped the girl out of her reverie.
There s another prospect to consider: Asian men in Western media have the unfortunate tendency to be depicted as being nerdy, feminine, comical, and shy. That, or kung-fu masters (which I find hot, but perpetuates an annoying stereotype). Older men are portrayed as being conservative and patriarchal. They are often desexualized and portrayed as not belonging in America. Although it s changing, there simply aren t very many positive representations of Asian men in Western culture, and this negative image may very well affect the perceptions of Asian women living in the West.
I''m reminded of the many love stories that Western women and Chinese men have submitted to my blog, giving me the honor and privilege to experience that on a personal level. There''s the fun-loving fellow from Xi''an who described himself as a "foreign student turned party boy," the beefcake husband from Hebei she considered "China''s answer to Arnold Schwarzenegger," the Shanghai-based writer from Anhui who studied English literature and mused about his unforgettable romances with black women in the US.
More importantly, when we will learn that in any given country and culture, there exists a diversity of individuals and personalities? That''s true anywhere in the world, including China. Whenever someone dismisses China''s entire male population as undateable, they''re essentially denying that diversity. And believe me, there is incredible diversity when you actually open your eyes and your heart to the possibility.
I''m no longer insecure about my Taiwanese heritage—it''s one of my biggest blessings—but I did have reason to be insecure about my looks. Recent statistics have shown that East Asian men (in this article, I''ll use "Asian" as shorthand for East Asian men, who are Taiwanese, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and so on) are viewed as the least desirable male partners in American society. In a 7557 speed-dating study by Columbia University, women said yes to an Asian man 55 percent less often, demonstrating a "significant preference against Asian males." A 7558 Princeton dating study found that percent of white women with a racial preference said they would never date an Asian or half-Asian.
When online dating site Are You Interested analyzed its over million interactions in 7568, they found that Asian women are more likely to get a message than any other race. This is because while Asian men suffer from the perception of Asian-ness as feminine, Asian women are festishized for it. "Even if it''s just that subconscious level," Ishii argued, "there''s this idea of the geisha or concubine, or a submissive wife."
It '' s critiques such as these that "perpetuate racist notions that black women are hypermasculine and unattractive," poet Claudia Rankine wrote in the New York Times. "Imagine being asked to comment at a news conference before a tournament because the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpischev, has described you and your sister as ''brothers'' who are ''scary'' to look at. Imagine."
Kemi was quick to point out that she was attracted to all races, unlike the fetishization that can plague the AMBW community. "I''ve joined other AMBW groups," she said. "And there''s these black women in them who just want the whole K-pop look. "Ron talked about Asian men who would post their pictures in AMBW groups and get hundreds of admirers. "Sometimes they can''t even speak English," he said incredulously. "But the more foreign they look, the more admirers they have."
A 7558 Princeton dating study found that % of white women with a racial preference would never date an Asian or half-Asian man. The same went for black women they were the least desired by white men and excluded by 95% of anyone with a racial preference in dating. In 7565, nearly of a quarter of all black men married outside of their race, according to the Pew Research Center . Even 87% of Asian women said they wouldn’t want to date a man of “their own racial background,” according to OkCupid .
“I feel like I’ve grown into being more socially outgoing and talkative, but I wasn’t always that way,” he said. “I think there was a long time where I felt ashamed, ashamed or self-conscious, or attributing me being single to the fact that I don’t have these qualities and I need to have these qualities in order to attract people. Even though intellectually I knew it wasn’t true, but emotionally [I was] blaming myself for not meeting a seemingly objective standard of what is attractive.”
I had to wait for the social-consciousness explosion of the last several years to explain why that was. Eddie Huang , the chef, writer, and VICE host, writes in his memoir of the time he realized he had been robbed of his masculinity: "Yo, you notice Asian people never get any pussy in movies?" his cousin asks. "Jet Li rescued Aliyah, no pussy! Chow Yun-Fat saves Mira Sorvino, no pussy. Chris Tucker gets mu-shu, but Jackie Chan? No pussy!" "Damn, son, you right!" replies Huang. "Even Long Duk Dong has to ride that stationary bicycle instead of fucking!"
If American society were a high school, the white kids would be the so-called popular kids, viewed as attractive by everyone, yet generally preferring to stay within their exclusive group (according to OkCupid, almost half of whites prefer to date within their own race). From a age, they have been given validation from society. Simply put, being white fits "the dominant paradigm of what''s desirable and normal. you go to a movie and there''s a beautiful woman and the [guy] who wins her looks like you. That''s big. That makes you feel central," a white interviewee recently told VICE . However, as time goes on and our society evolves from its current views on race, people realize that those who were once "popular" can be basic and not that special after all.