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Pet Sins May 2002

Japanese Woman Accepts Advantages of White Man's Asian Fetish

A Japanese woman and a Chinese woman (co-workers) were talking about asking a white guy to help with a certain work project. The Japanese woman said, "Oh, he is one of those guys who likes Asian women. Just ask him and he will definitely help you"

The way she talked about it bothered me. She wasn't putting down the white guy's Asian fetish as something degrading to Asian women. She was seeing it as something she could laugh off and even take advantage of systematically. She herself was married to a white man - the kind of white guy who learns Japanese and likes Japanese animation. I wonder if her marriage was based on Asian fetish too. BTW, she divorced later.

Asian professional, West Coast
1995