Others claim that it’s a harmless preference on the basis of physical appearance, no different than a preference for blondes or girls with tattoos.Unfortunately, neither of these answers is correct.
Even worse, it suggests that perhaps they are viewing Asian women more as one-dimensional objects than human beings.
Objectification is already something that all women face regardless of race.
Our cleavage is used in advertisements to sell products or services, and even well-intentioned men speaking out against sexual assault implore other men to imagine women as “somebody’s wife, mother, daughter,” never realizing that perhaps the woman is also a “somebody.” But when race gets involved, objectification takes on a different dimension.
For Asian women in particular, objectification reduces them to infantile figures—delicate, submissive, and dutiful.
My friend scrolls through the photos of a man on Facebook.
He’s white, lives in a predominantly white neighborhood, and went to a predominantly white high school.
But in many of his photos, he is accompanied by Asian women.“Yes, he has yellow fever,” my friend confirms.
No, not the potentially fatal viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, but rather a preference for Asian women.
The term is most commonly ascribed to white men who seem to only ever date Asian women. According to data collected from online dating sites, all men except Asians prefer to romantically pursue Asian women.
In fact, there are many dating sites specifically tailored for white men looking to date Asian women.
There is even a Tumblr blog that compiles messages from “creepy white guys with Asian fetishes.” Yellow fever was also depicted in Debbie Lum’s documentary, Seeking Asian Female, which takes a close look at relationships between white men and Asian women.