Asian fetish

Asian fetish is a term which could refer to sexual objectification of people of Asian descent, typically females, who are "objectified and valued not for who they are as people, but for their race or perceptions of their culture." Practices of marrying mail-order brides from Asian countries is also sustained by sexual stereotypes of Asian women.

The term used for a man, usually white, who exclusively dates Asian males is "rice queen." In a similar manner as Asian females, gay Asian males are stereotyped as submissive.

Studies related to Asian fetish

Raymond Fisman authored an article published in Salon which claimed that the existence of Asian fetish is a myth. Raymond based his conclusions on the results of a study, "Racial Preferences in Dating," that he helped to conduct. The study, based upon speed dating experiments among Columbia University graduate students, found no general statistically-significant racial preference among males.


In May 2000, Bloodhound Gang performed at the campus of University of Maryland, where the band's unreleased song "Yellow Fever" drew controversy. With other student unions such as NAACP and the Jewish Student Union, the Asian American Student Union protested against the band by wearing bright yellow shirts and turning their backs during the band's performance. Jimmy Pop said he was perplexed about negative reaction to his song as he intended to humorously describe a sexual desire for Asian women.

In April 2006, Rumpus Magazine published a satirical piece entitled "Me Love You Long Time" written by Brian Hauss. The article featured the picture of a naked white male student whose body was covered with uncooked rice. Hauss wrote that white male students and Asian female students at Yale University are "building...intimate bridges between the Occident and the Orient in the privacy of their own bedrooms." The article dubbed "yellow fever" as a term used by racists to condemn "conjugal bliss" between Asian females and Caucasian males. The article was panned by the Asian American Students Alliance at Yale University for emasculating Asian males while portraying Asian women as promiscuous. Rumpus co-Editor in Chief Sam Heller responded, "We weren't necessarily [politically correct] about it, but I think that you have to have a sense of humor. You shouldn't take it so seriously. We're not trying to tear down the Asian community here."

Dissenting views

Phoebe Eng wrote:

Erika Kim and Tracy Quan believe that the concept of "Asian fetish" is used to condemn interracial relationships between white men and Asian women. Quan has written that terms such as "yellow fever" or "Asian fetish" are meaningless as she feels that personal attraction is a complex result of many factors "some of which are too mysterious for words." The characterization of the term as "racist" has been criticized because it implies that a noted preference for a member of a minority group and the portrayals of minorities as attractive is abnormal.

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