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In fact, these critics would point out that Asian males have been and continue to be purposely portrayed as non-sexual martial arts experts, nerds and geeks, or evil villains, and that this portrayal serves to eliminate Asian males as potential rivals to White males for the affection of Asian women.
These critics also note that it is the saddest irony when Asian women either allow themselves to be objectified and fetishized, or when they buy into and accept these demeaning portrayals of Asian men and eliminate them as potential partners.
However painful or ingrating they may be, it is necessary for us to look at how both Asian American men and women can become the targets of objectification, and how this reinforces and perpetuates ethnic stereotypes against both.
These images can be traced back to Chinese prostitutes who were “imported” into the U. back in the 1800s and through the prevalence of “war brides” (Asian women marrying U. In this sense, Asian women are not seen as equal partners but rather as sexual objects to be controlled and used by the male.
These critics point out that in most areas of popular American culture, rarely do you see the opposite happening — Asian males being the subjects of infatuation or sexual desire by White women.
My statistical analysis also suggests that among Asian American women, similar to men, those who are immigrants, those who live in one of those six states with large Asian communities, and those who turned 18 in 1985 or later are more likely to have a White husband, all other things being equal.
In addition, Asian American women of Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese ancestry, those who are homeowners, those who are paid employees (as opposed to owning their own business), and those who turned 18 from 1970-1984 are also more likely to intermarry with Whites.