Since the start of immigration, Asian men and women have been negatively stereotyped in mass media.Although the stereotypes have evolved throughout the years, they have not necessarily changed for the better.Asian fetish is an interest, obsession, or preference for Asian people, culture, or things of Asian origin by those of non-Asian descent.
Both the lotus baby and dragon lady are very sexualized and continue to objectify these women as exotic property.
These images elicit sexual fantasies for men who then believe them to be true, which helps to create the Asian Fetish.
They took data from "thousands of decisions made by more than 400 daters from Columbia University's various graduate and professional schools".
The doubt that targets of Asian fetish experience stems from feelings of depersonalization, which compound on the objectification Asian females already face as women, to create a further sort of objectification where Asian women feel like interchangeable objects.
Because of Asian fetish, an Asian woman’s racial difference is either seen as a failure to conform to mainstream white standards of beauty, or as something that can be appreciated only on an alternative scale.
NPR correspondent Elise Hu offers that this can be a source of insecurity in Asian women's dating lives, "Am I just loved because I'm part of an ethnic group that's assumed to be subservient, or do I have actual value as an individual, or is it both? In the other direction, it has been argued that the notion of an Asian fetish creates the unnecessary perception of multiracial relationships as being characterized by "patriarchal, racist power structures" in relationships that are actually mutual and equal.In movies, television and media, we see this stereotypical representation of Asian women as an objects rather than humans.Continuously seeing this image in mainstream media has led to the idea of the "Asian fetish". 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 (east) Asian women.Much empirical evidence shows that female and male partners look alike along a variety of attributes.It is, however, unclear how this positive sorting comes about because marriage is an equilibrium outcome arising from a process that entails searching, meeting, and choosing one another.Objects, body parts, clothing and people are all things that can be fetishized.