For Years, I Was Vehemently Against Dating Asian Guys—Even Though I’m Chinese

Where race meets sex, angels fear to tread. Jeff Yang dives into Asian America’s favorite taboo topic: interracial romance and the “gender divide. I remember when, the week before I left for college , my parents sat me down to tell me about the facts of life. The lecture wasn’t about sex — my father, a physician, was prone to oversharing the grosser aspects of human anatomy, so I was horrifyingly aware of the mechanical aspects of reproduction as early as elementary school. No, the wisdom they sought to impart related to the Theory of Dating Relativity. Which is to say: The more similar your partner is to you without actually being a blood relative, the better. Children of close family friends? If that’s not possible, try someone whose parents are from the same hometown.

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The apocalyptic internet movement QAnon is gaining followers by the thousands, and churches are slow to respond. Several women complain of aggressive sexual behavior from young North Carolina congressional candidate. Journals Sophia’s World. These stereotypes absolutely exist, and they are harmful. For me, it hits close to home.

Benjamin Ludwig, 28, has been using the Chinese dating app Tantan for over a year to “find friends and to date.”.

Editor’s Note: Decades after China’s opening up, intercultural relationships can still become an issue. A recent article titled “Single foreign females in China don’t have it easy,” published in Global Times Metro Shanghai on April 28, has sparked huge controversy. The Global Times has invited three people to share their views of interracial relationships in today’s China. An English friend, who just moved back to London from China, told me he missed China, and more importantly, the attention from Chinese women that he will never get in London.

It amused me when another American guy friend made similar comments after he left Beijing. He can no longer date women as beautiful as those in China, but when he was there, complained that all the Chinese women he dated were hot but stupid, considering their level of English or cultural clashes. I told him once, if he could move his focus from boobs to the conversation, his problem would be solved.

He laughed with embarrassment. Some Western men are certainly spoiled by Chinese women. My former roommate said Western guys would never dare to treat Swiss women the way they treated Chinese women.

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Let me put it bluntly:. When it comes to dating, it sucks to be an Asian male in the US. After crunching the behavioral data gathered from 25 million users, OkCupid found that Asian guys have it the worst when it comes to online dating. This racial dating behavior on OkCupid actually trended worse for Asian men over a 6 year time frame. For an Asian guy to actually marry a white women, he has to jump through a ton of hoops. And that is of course after scoring points higher on the SAT just to get into elite college to make that kind of dough!

Chinese American photographer Andrew Kung takes a difficult look at why so many Asian American males feel desexualized in US society.

But when I do, I mostly stick to shows with a focus on romance. Whether in reality shows like Love Island and The Bachelorette or fictional series like The L Word and Modern Love , I am constantly finding women like myself—women of color—left out of romantic lead roles. Instead of being on the receiving end of a healthy romantic relationship, they often play the friend, the roommate, or the one who is undeserving of healthy love.

The show follows Mickey, a young white woman living in Los Angeles who struggles with alcoholism and sex addiction. Despite her very apparent flaws, she has no problem attracting men and ends up in a relationship with a guy named Gus. The recently cheated-on Gus is newly single and still coping with his breakup.

Like other men on the show, he takes a deep interest in Mickey, despite her chaotic lifestyle. But when black and brown women tend to be chaotic in film, similar to Mickey, they are not successful in the world of dating or particularly sought after.

I’m An Asian Woman And I Refuse To Be Fetishized

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. Credit: Stocksy. I told myself to run.

Here was yet another man with what is not-so-jokingly referred to as Yellow Fever: the lazy and discriminatory hyper-sexualisation and fetishisation of Asian women, primarily by white men, solely based on race.

Dating sites and services tailored to race, religion, and ethnicity are not new, of course. JDate, the matchmaking site for Jewish singles, has been.

Written by Andrew Kung. All opinions expressed in this article belong to the author. Beauty is a new section of CNN Style. I always knew that, as an Asian American man growing up in the United States, I wasn’t as desirable or “American” as my peers. As a kid, I never saw Asian men dating outside of our race, or with white women especially. Non-Asian women felt inaccessible, fueling a preexisting feeling of invisibility — one driven by micro-aggressions, a lack of representation and, ultimately, stereotypes that painted us as passive, emasculated boys lacking sex appeal and a voice.

When I think of what it means to be “all-American,” I imagine a prototypical white male — physically well-built, outgoing, charismatic, liked by everyone. This traditionally masculine person represents the ideal man reinforced by what we see on TV, in movies and across the broader mainstream. Asian American men, however, have never fit this mold. Unlike Asian American women, who have long been fetishized in the West, we have been desexualized ever since the first Chinese communities immigrated to the US.

As a way of minimizing the threat posed by Chinese men — who were often portrayed as stealing white Americans’ jobs and women — Asians were characterized as passive, effeminate and weak. These stereotypes were further promoted in movies, where white actors like Mickey Rooney Mr.

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According to the first two authors, the prevalent trend of Asian women dating and marrying white men is problematic because it harkens to a.

By Gretchen Livingston and Anna Brown. Since then, intermarriage rates have steadily climbed. All told, more than , newlyweds in had recently entered into a marriage with someone of a different race or ethnicity. By comparison, in , the first year for which detailed data are available, about , newlyweds had done so. The long-term annual growth in newlyweds marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity has led to dramatic increases in the overall number of people who are presently intermarried — including both those who recently married and those who did so years, or even decades, earlier.

Overall increases in intermarriage have been fueled in part by rising intermarriage rates among black newlyweds and among white newlyweds. At the same time, intermarriage has ticked down among recently married Asians and remained more or less stable among Hispanic newlyweds. Even though intermarriage has not been increasing for these two groups, they remain far more likely than black or white newlyweds to marry someone of a different race or ethnicity.

When Asian Women Are Harassed for Marrying Non-Asian Men

One user on Reddit posted a photo of the sign with the single-word rejoinder, “Kinda,” and the sixty-something comments that followed teased apart the the moral subtleties of dating within or outside of one’s own ethnicity or race. Reading through the thread feels like opening a Pandora’s Box, the air suddenly alive with questions that are impossible to meaningfully answer.

Dating sites and services tailored to race, religion, and ethnicity are not new, of course. JDate, the matchmaking site for Jewish singles, has been around since

After crunching the behavioral data gathered from 25 million users, OkCupid found that Asian guys have it the worst when it comes to online.

Researchers recently took data from the Facebook app Are You Interested and found that not only is race a factor in our online dating interests, but particular races get disproportionately high — and low — amounts of interest. The business site Quartz graphed these preferences using data on the percentage of “yes” responses to the “Are you interested? The data suggest some uncomfortable stories about racial preferences in online dating.

Back in , the folks over at OKCupid culled through the site’s data and similarly found that race played a big role in who would respond to messages, with some similar and a few different findings. We have a conversation about the data, below, and invite you to join in too. Kat Chow: What’s remarkable to me is that, according to that study, most men respond to Asian women — except Asian men.

For a while now, we’ve heard of the popularized? But why haven’t we heard more about the dating preferences of Asian men? All men except Asians preferred Asian women, while all except black women preferred white men. Elise Hu: So one of my reactions to the disproportionate popularity of Asian women is, I don’t see troves of men flocking to Asian women in the offline world.

The desexualization of the Asian American male

To them, the women were nothing but commodities. The world is a different place today. Now white site and Asian women meet each other as classmates or colleagues, more or less equals. After all, most for today are not even aware of this history.

White Male Asian Female. The interracial relationship between a White Man and Asian Woman.

Lillian , a something who lives in New York and Boston, is a single Asian American woman who actively dates. Needless to say, her Tinder inbox is a hot mess. She posts screenshots of their messages alongside photos of herself looking stoic, fierce and totally over it. She posts those, too. We have our own inner lives. We marvel and we create. We work through shit with our families.

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