An Asian fetish is a strong sexual or romantic preference for persons of Asian descent, especially East or Southeast Asian descent and South Asian descent. The fetishization of East Asians by people of other ethnicities is sometimes described by the derogatory term yellow fever. Asian women are often stereotyped as being subservient, passive, and quiet. This portrayal persists today, along with the idea of Asian women—and, to a lesser extent, men—being exotic and submissive. In the afterword to the play M. Butterfly , the writer David Henry Hwang , using the term "yellow fever", a derogatory pun on the disease of the same name , discusses " Caucasian " men with a "fetish" for east Asian women.
Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. As a white kid growing up in a largely Chinese suburb of Toronto, I spent much of my time thinking about Asian girls. Back then, the term was shorthand for someone white who had a crush on someone Asian, and at our school, it applied to the girls as much as it did the boys. To me, it was just another form of teasing that I threw into my sizable trashcan of forgotten terms, lying dormant all these years—until now. To some, its subtext is heavily charged.
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