But since it takes two to tango, where is the “white boy fever” phrase in our society, and why is it that the motives of Asian women who date white men are called into question less frequently?
In a 2007 study done by economist Ray Fisman at Columbia University regarding racial preference in dating, studies found that the white man-Asian woman pairing was most common not because of any marked preference by white men, but because East Asian women preferred white men over Hispanic and black men.
Fetishes are not simply morally skewed desires tied to sociopolitical aggression but sexual preferences that are apparent in all people — albeit in varying degrees — regardless of differences in race.
And although I am often hesitant to reduce human attraction to numbers in a study, I did find it interesting that when so many people are willing to make broad sweeping generalizations regarding “yellow fever,” they are less likely to reflect back on the fact that there are two people making conscious choices to be in the specific relationship.
If we are going to freely psychoanalyze the mania of the white man and his so-called desire to dominate, isn’t it only fair to also recognize the role-fulfilling women who are helping complete the stereotype?
Another perspective is that newcomers function well within the greater society (without necessarily being absorbed into the dominant culture) — a good descriptive of this would be “harmonisation”.
For example, a minority group may live segregated from the dominant group but are nevertheless thriving, with social indicators (e.g.
It is problematic, however, when women are consciously sought after because of the sexual implications that media has portrayed their particular ethnicity to have.
And because of how toxic the images produced by mainstream media are, it is horrific to think that there are people who have personality expectations for Asian women, as if submissiveness and obedience are qualities that are somehow inherent and codified in genetics.
We accept these stylized characters as truthful representations because of the absence of realistic figures in popular culture — among all women, Asians seem to be the only ones inextricably tied to an overtly sexual image.
Now here we are in 2011, living in this multiethnic country and still throwing around terms like “yellow fever” and “asiaphile” whenever we see a white man with an Asian woman.
In some cases even when groups harmonise it may engender social tension if the group is “too” successful (e.g.