Like many other Asian women, Wong is sick of pickup lines which zero-in on race.
"Of course white people are capable of having good intentions and being innocuous, but there’s a part of me that’s been socially conditioned to question if they see me or just sees an Asian girl." For Asian women, the apparent attraction to their background can often be based on stereotypes which can be both racist and sexist.Internet chat rooms are full of often-offensive discussions about just what makes 'Asian women' so desirable for men – from being good with money to being good in bed."I understand that in the West, we have the disgusting narrative of the foreign Asian girl who acts as a catalyst for a white man’s spiritual journey — but, please, in real life they’re not here to grind on you under artsy pink lighting in an apartment in Japan," Wong writes."They’re not going to lead you down busy Tokyo streets and smile enigmatically at you, and they’re not a plot device for your sick story." "They’re not ‘real life anime characters’, and they’re not all ‘good little sheltered girls,’" Wong continues.But while many see no issue with it, more than a few Asian women find it deeply frustrating.
In a recent article titled ‘I hope you die from yellow fever’, Caressa Wong pulls no punches.The tale of the tragic love story between a young Vietnamese woman and an American soldier paints a heartbroken and helpless image of Miss Saigon that remains one of the most poignant and visible depictions of Far Eastern women in popular culture.Yet this portrayal epitomises what many see as a narrow perception of East Asian (defined as Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc) women.But how do you do it when the failsafe option – your local mothers’ group – doesn’t pan out?programs challenging preconceptions around race and prejudice. (airs on Sunday 26 February at 8.30pm), Date My Race (airs Monday 27 February at 8.30pm) and The Truth About Racism (airs Wednesday 1 March at 8.30pm).I'm talking about when Caucasian men develop an acute sexual preference for East Asian women – even becoming a fetish, for some.