After spending half of my twenties living and working in Hong Kong and South Korea, I returned to North America last summer, at 30, with a reputation as a White Guy Who Dates Asian Girls.Friends are once again teasing me for having “yellow fever,” and as far as facts are concerned, I can’t argue with the designation: My current partner is Chinese-American, while my most recent ex-girlfriend is Vietnamese-Canadian. I can dismiss their playful ribbing the same way I dismissed most name-calling during elementary school—after all, there’s nothing wrong with dating women of Asian descent—but “yellow fever” isn’t an innocuous, empty label. Friends may just be having fun, but to my ears, I’m being called a deviant. Google “yellow fever,” and you’ll see that many Asian women have taken back the term to shame white men who fetishize them based on racial stereotypes.Being ‘into Asian chicks’ is a preference many guys don’t seem to have a problem expressing, with some even wearing it as a badge of pride.It’s a trend that has become so widespread it’s got its own slang term: ‘Yellow fever’.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.There are always two things that come to mind whenever the topic turns to “yellow fever”.Most would think of the tropical, mosquito-borne disease that literally turns patients to a sickly yellow.
"Date an Asian chick" has become akin to "Go skydiving" or "Live in New York" in the veritable white guy bucket list.
Such men believe all Asian women are docile and hypersexual, and happily project these qualities onto potential romantic partners.
In other words, they prey on Asian women simply because they’re Asian.
But go to Google — or just look around — and realize that some other kind of “yellow fever” is infecting people to an unsettling degree.
This yellow fever is the romantic and/or sexual obsession of non-Asian males to Asian females, as observed and portrayed in popular culture.