by

Last week, we saw how Marie Claire’s article on “Asian trophy wives” incited reactions among the blogosphere, and it led us to wonder how the younger generation of Asian American teens and young adults reacted to this article’s spotlight on interracial couples. We turned to Mochi staffers and friends to get insight on this article from the viewpoints of young Asian American girls and guys.
“There are dangers we risk in running with this article: putting too much emphasis on the importance of race in relationships, fostering ill-will toward our own community (how could she be okay being a trophy wife?!), or making girls overly paranoid about their relationships. Just because a white guy has an Asian girlfriend doesn’t mean he has ‘yellow fever’ — and I don’t think it’s healthy to always be suspecting this.” —   Christine Wei, deputy editor

“The fact that the article brings to light something that perhaps the public hasn’t really been outwardly acknowledging is very brave. The only time I had heard the term ‘yellow fever’ was when I got to college, and even now I feel like I’m only comfortable talking about that concept with close friends. I get the sense that the topic is sort of a taboo, since it kind of gives off a bad impression of both the guy and the girl involved. But having the article put out this concept in the open is a good thing for the Asian teenage population, because there is definitely this perception of Asian women that they should be aware of.” —   Jessica Wen, health blogger

“Everything Ying brings up does exist, but the truth is that many modern biracial relationships are based on compatibility and love rather than fetishes and stereotypes — even when the couples in question are famous. Sorry if that doesn’t make for an exciting article, but let’s judge case by case instead of lumping all of these women’s private lives together. If being Asian means I can’t date a white guy without people suspecting that something funny is going on, I wouldn’t want to be Asian — thankfully, it doesn’t, and that’s where Ying’s article falls short.” — Angela Chen, blogger

And here are some viewpoints from Asian American guys on Marie Claire’s article:

“I don’t really understand why interracial couples are so scrutinized. There are stereotypes to each race and assumptions that can be made, but is it really such a big deal if two people of different races decide to get together?… It’s ignorant to assume that all white men go after Asian women for the same reasons. In my opinion, their relationship is the same as a couple where the man is white and the woman is Asian, or if both the man and woman are white or Asian. There is no reason for such a taboo to exist around a couple’s race.” — Alexander Liang, fashion market director

“I actually agree with this article. There are a lot of Asian girls who are submissive and white guys like that. I think ‘the fever’ is in these days.” — Arthur Lee, George Washington University student

“I think maybe it’s not so much the difference in race but the difference in age that makes the situation seem strange to me. When you see an old guy with a young girl, you can’t help but think that one or both parties has some ulterior motive for the relationship.” — Chris Kwan, Boston University student

What are your reactions? Do you agree or disagree with those we’ve spoken to?

0 Replies to “Teen Reactions to Marie Claire’s Article On ‘Asian Trophy Wives’”

  1. Noel says:

    I have quite a few problems with the Marie Claire article, but the only thing I find suspicious about interracial couples is when I find white guys who ONLY date Asian girls. I don’t agree with race being a factor in a relationship — culture, yes, but even culture and race have a fine line of separation.

  2. As an Asian American woman, I was shocked by the article — and also by how many Asian Americans were OK with it because it “sheds light” on an important issue.
    Yes, I think it is EXTREMELY important to discuss how Asian women are fetishized and stereotyped in a very demeaning way, but I felt Ying Chu, the author of the article, actually perpetuated those stereotypes. The problem was that she wrote in generalizations, therefore implying that ALL Asian women dating/married to white men are being subjugated, which in turn implies that they weren’t smart enough to not fall into the trap of an unequal relationship. I know that Marie Claire revised the online edition of the article slightly after the outcry, but the original was truly painful to read.
    I think Chu’s piece was especially problematic because most of the women she cited in the article are extremely accomplished in their own right. Marie Claire very rarely features Asian models and I find it very disheartening that one of the few times I see Asian women in its pages is when they are being denigrated for their personal relationships. Take Zhang Ziyi, for example. In addition to being gorgeous, she’s already worked with some of the world’s top directors (Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, etc.) and is now a producer, though she’s only 30. From interviews, it’s obvious that she’s extremely intelligent and outspoken. Why not put her on the cover instead of dissing her for being engaged to a white man?
    I also think it’s important to note that it’s not just certain white men who think Asian women are submissive. I’ve heard the same thing from Asian men, black men, Latino men… it seems like a pretty universal stereotype, which makes it even worse. Like I said, I think more people need to write about “yellow fever” and how it affects the lives of Asian women, but I think this is a subject that needs to be dealt with a lot more intelligently than Chu was either able or willing to do.

  3. John says:

    I sort of think Asian women and girls accept this stereotype since it gives them an advantage in white society. They fit in. More Asian women born in America are marrying white than even Asian men, you don’t see them marrying other race except white. They hang out with white and serve as a de facto Asian, worse is they stereotype Asian community as well. So they make it harder for asian community and people
    I dated an Asian girl who only dated white men before me. After the white guy gave her STD which she had to be treated and cheated on her, and unfortunately, I found her. After she told me this, I had to leave. I was scared since I only had 1 other girl and she must have had like more than 10. Worst is her white boyfriend are does look like he had a case of yellow fever, since he cheated on her with another Asian girl.
    As an Asian American guy, it looks bleak out there. I want to find an Asian girl since I am more comfortable with that, but I don’t want to get STD from promicuous Asian girl who like to go around with whites, and whites men will fuck anything that moves. Case in point, this article that said Asian women have 4X rate of STD than Asian men.
    You wonder why women have more STD than men, when to other race it is the opposite.
    http://www.bu.edu/phpbin/news-cms/news/?de…92&id=52827

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Close Search Window
Close