To counteract the massive wave of imported cheap Chinese labor (“coolies”), Asian men were subject to a series of targeted laws that systematically stripped them of rights that signified manhood, such as property ownership, job opportunities and the ability to marry freely.The legislation worked hand-in-hand with the campaign on the cultural front, warning men and women of the Yellow Peril and peppering newspapers with caricatures that clearly showed these coolies as less than regular men.(MTV News' webseries has a good — and educating — rundown of this history.) This is where the "tiny Asian penis" jokes on our talk shows, playgrounds and Oscar stages come from.It’s the legacy of deliberate discrimination in our country’s history, just as the hypersexualization of black men has its damaging roots in slavery. Without even getting into the more life-threatening ramifications of sexual stereotyping, there's ample statistical and anecdotal evidence that black and Asian men take a hit in the dating pool because of perception bias.A survey of 6,000 Internet dating profiles by Belinda Robnett and Cynthia Feliciano of the University of California, Irvine, reportedly found that "Asian males and black females are more highly excluded than their opposite sex counterparts." That means white American women would rather opt for black men than Asian males (including East Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi), although the latter tend to be more educated, more qualified, more gainfully employed and better placed in the social hierarchy than the average black male.Such social and romantic ostracism even by "fat white women with daddy issues" -- the sorts who go for black men according to standup comedian Jim Norton -- might seem incredulous to Asian men with an inflated ego to nurse.Similarly, there is no evidence of white men who are unencumbered by racial considerations preferring Muslim women, although they possess the qualities that are much sought after by such men -- obedience and fidelity.
Read on to find out how a black woman and Asian man feel about marriage, race, and being the other.Barring a small community of Chinese and Japanese immigrants in the Pacific North East, Asian migration is relatively new -- most of it taking place since the repeal of racist exclusionary laws in the 1960s.On the other hand, blacks and Latinos were part of the turbulent American history from the very outset, and hence have a history of social relationships with European Americans. Problem is, he didn’t actually manage to hit any of the eminently mockable aspects of the book, from its predatory creepiness to its own racist profiling (of white women). I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.’” Harvey was delighted at his skewering of the book, doubling over at his own punchlines.
It is also interesting that the very reasons why Asian women are sought after by white men who care to date or marry outside their racial confines, are conversely the reasons why Asian men are probably excluded from white female preferences.