Racist love

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Racist love is a term used by some Asian American social activists to describe a form of racism.

Origin and concept[edit]

The term was coined by Frank Chin and Jeffery Paul Chan in a 1972 article entitled "Racist Love." Chin and Chan differentiate between the terms racist hate and racist love. They distinguish between unacceptable stereotypes, such as Fu Manchu and the Yellow Peril, which represent minorities who cannot be controlled by whites; and acceptable stereotypes, such as Charlie Chan and his Number One Son, which represent minorities who can be controlled by whites. Hence, acceptable stereotypes form the basis of racist love. When the perpetuation of such acceptable stereotypes reached a point as to be embodied and perpetuated by the race of people it represents, this race, as a social, creative, and cultural force, would have been successfully neutralized by white supremacy. Chin and Chan write:


Authors Sau-ling Wong and Jeffrey J. Santa Ana criticize Chin for being misogynistic, homophobic, and for glorifying stereotypes of aggression:

Daniel Kim writes that Chin's work suggests that the self-contempt Chin and Chan write about comes not from conforming to "positive" stereotypes of Asians, but from becoming like the "white man":

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chin, Frank; Jeffery Paul Chan (1972). "Racist Love". In Richard Kostelanetz. Seeing Through Shuck. New York: Ballantine Books. p. 65. 
  2. ^ Wong, Sau-ling C.; Jeffrey J. Santa Ana (Autumn 1999). "Gender and Sexuality in Asian American literature". Signs 25 (1): 171–226. doi:10.1086/495418. 
  3. ^ Kim, Daniel (1998). "The Strange Love of Frank Chin". In David L. Eng and Alice Y. Hom. Q&A: Queer in Asian America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. pp. 270–303.