The dangerous stereotype and the tired tropes that identify Asian men as undesirable, unsexy, foreign, devoid of sensuality, has become detrimental to that community in the past near-century.So much so that a percentage of the 9 million men Asian American men say they have felt discrimination’s ugly repercussions, including depression, anxiety, issues with self-worth and suicide.
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So it’s no wonder that Asian Americans, namely those from East Asian lineage, have turned to social media to air their grievances in the past months alone.
From Hollywood’s rampant white wash of characters, to speaking up about the lack of Asian faces in TV and films, woke blogs like seem to keep individuals and media enterprises in check.
A new episode of the "Reply All" podcast (tagline: "A show about the Internet") delves into the disturbing world of online dating as an Asian woman. The story's producer Stephanie Foo, who is Asian, uses the story as an example of the problem of "yellow fever" on online dating sites.
The episode follows a woman named Suzanne who met a white guy named John online, fell for his sweet, caring personality, and dated him for about six months, until she uncovered a slew of other women — all Asian like her — that he was also currently dating, sometimes even sending them the exact same emails and messages he sent her. Terrified of the man she thought she knew, Suzanne confronted John, but their fight was interrupted by a knock on the door. Guys who fetishize Asian women see them as sweet, passive objects, and target and manipulate them in a way they would never do to women of another race.
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