In movies, television and media, we see this stereotypical representation of Asian women as an objects rather than humans.Continuously seeing this image in mainstream media has led to the idea of the "Asian fetish". Butterfly, the writer David Henry Hwang, using the term "yellow fever", a pun on the disease of the same name, discusses white men with a "fetish" for (east) Asian women.Since the start of immigration, Asian men and women have been negatively stereotyped in mass media.Although the stereotypes have evolved throughout the years, they have not necessarily changed for the better.In 2007, economist Ray Fisman, in a two-year study he co-authored on dating preferences among Columbia University students, did not find evidence of a general preference among white men for Asian women.Furthermore, the study found that there is a significantly higher pairing of white men with East Asian women because East Asian women discriminate against black and Hispanic/Latino men.Both the lotus baby and dragon lady are very sexualized and continue to objectify these women as exotic property.These images elicit sexual fantasies for men who then believe them to be true, which helps to create the Asian Fetish.
Asian fetishes have been criticised for treating the fetishized person as an object rather than an equal partner. No, not the disease you can pick up when travelling to certain countries.I'm talking about when Caucasian men develop an acute sexual preference for East Asian women – even becoming a fetish, for some.Racial depersonalization can be especially hurtful to Asian women in situations where being recognized as an individual is important, such as romantic relationships, because a person may feel unloved if they sense they could be replaced by someone with similar qualities.
Asian American women report being complimented in ways that imply they are attractive because they are Asian or despite being Asian.
As quoted on Slate.com, We found no evidence of the stereotype of a white male preference for East Asian women.