Men will defend their fetish for Asian women as an innocent preference. It links to a longer, more problematic Western subjugation of Asian women that dates all the way back to the Silk Road. As Rachel Kuo writes: I also called it out in in this viral xoJane essay , this reality television show , this web series, this TV interview , as well as all these videos. So I officially give up on trying to explain why being objectified and dehumanized sucks.
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Tweet I groaned as all the signs I had ignored collided like pieces of Tetris and sank deep into my gut. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was sitting in bed browsing through Bumble. I had been on this supposedly classier version of Tinder for about two weeks. As a junior doctor, it is rare that I stay in the same place for more than a couple of years and I was due to move in the next few months — Bumble was just my way of social profiling. Justin was thirty-one and a corporate professional.
Because I am small and Asian, I am fetishised by some white men
Origins[ edit ] A Western fetish for Asian things developed out of a European tradition of fascination with the East, and a history of othering the inhabitants of those regions. Middle Eastern women were fetishized in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries,  and after the First Opium War in the s and the opening of the Chinese treaty ports to foreign merchants, East Asia became the focus of Western commercial and imperial interest. Western powers, including the United States, established a presence in the port cities of China , Japan and Korea and made substantial profits from the lucrative trade routes.
Larger text size Very large text size 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.