Asian fetish

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Asian fetish is a slang term for an interest, strong attraction or preference for people, culture, or things of Asian origin by those of non-Asian descent.[1][2][3][4] The term Asiaphile is sometimes used to describe the same phenomenon as is yellow fever (not to be confused with the disease yellow fever).[5][6]

Terminology and usage[edit]

There is a website called the "Asiaphile Homepage",[7] while a Western academic specializing in Japanese miniature carvings prefers "Asiaphile".[8]

Ronald Lake uses the term[clarification needed] as a label for people who invest mainly in Asian financial products.[9]

The gay slang term used for a man, usually white, who exclusively dates Asian men is "rice queen."[10][11]

In the afterword to the 1988 play M. 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 Asian women. Hwang argues that this phenomenon is caused by stereotyping of Asians in Western society.[12]

In a collection of writings from Asian American females, YELL-Oh Girls!, Meggy Wang calls a man "Mr. Asiaphile".[5]

See also[edit]

Attraction to specific Asian cultures[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Korean American women By Ailee Moon pg 134
  2. ^ Stephen Short (26 September 2001). "'Directors Want Freshness'". Time Magazine. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Theresa Pinto Sherer (29 November 2001). "Identity crisis". Salon. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Cindy Chang (2 April 2006). "Cool Tat, Too Bad It's Gibberish". New York Times. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Nam, Vicky (2001). YELL-oh Girls!. Harper Paperbacks. pp. 131–132. ISBN 0-06-095944-4. 
  6. ^ Eng, Phoebe (2000). "She Takes Back Desire". Warrior Lessons : An Asian American Woman's Journey into Power. New York: Atria. pp. 115–142. ISBN 0-671-00957-5. 
  7. ^ Prasso, Sheridan (2005). "'Race-ism,' Fetish, and Fever". The Asian Mystique. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books. pp. 148–151. ISBN 978-1-58648-394-4. 
  8. ^ Edwin C., Jr. Symmes (1995). Netsuke: Japanese Life and Legend in Miniature. Sheridan Prasso. p. 15. ISBN 0-8048-2026-0. 
  9. ^ Ronald A Lake (2003). Evaluating and Implementing Hedge Fund Strategies: The Experience of Managers and Investors, Third Edition. Euromoney Institutional Investor. p. 267. ISBN 1-84374-051-6. 
  10. ^ Bohling, James. "Embracing Diversity?". GLAAD. Archived from the original on 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  11. ^ Ayres T (1999). China doll - the experience of being a gay Chinese Australian. Journal of Homosexuality, 36(3-4): 87-97
  12. ^ Hwang, David Henry (1988). "Afterward". M. Butterfly. New York: Plume Books. p. 98. ISBN 0-452-26466-9.