As an East and Southeast Asian woman, I have been subjected to fetishization from men because of my race. The term originated in the 18th and 19th century when Euro-Americans were crazy for Chinoiserie, or in other words, adapting Chinese and other East Asian motifs and styles in Western art. As a result, Asian female bodies were objectified as ornaments. Additionally, the idea of geishas has contributed to the harmful stereotype of Asian women as submissive and quiet.
Here's how pop culture has perpetuated harmful stereotypes of Asian women
Fetishization of East and Southeast Asian Women – North Carolina Asian Americans Together
I was born in a small port town in Japan and moved to Eugene, Ore. Friends casually called us racial slurs. I brushed most of these comments off as well-intentioned, if misguided, jokes. And old stereotypes about Asian men persist. Grace Kao, a sociology professor at Yale University, has been tracking how Asian American men fare in the dating pool for years. Her research offers a look at how much discrimination Asian American men face when dating. The data also showed that Asian women were half as likely to be unpartnered, compared with Asian men.
Fetishization of East and Southeast Asian Women
A Vietnamese woman, clad in a miniskirt and hot pink tank top, sashays up to a few American GIs. And according to experts, the ingrained imagery of Asian women as sexual objects can easily spill over into tragedy. But the uneven power dynamic between American soldiers and Asian sex workers mean that these relationships are generally exploitative, premised on the idea of unlimited sexual access to Asian women. Such histories have heavily influenced pop culture, which has, in turn, materially impacted Asian women in their everyday lives.
Written by Nancy Wang Yuen. It took 93 years for the Academy to name an Asian woman as Best Director. And until this year, only five women, all White, had ever been nominated and only one had won -- Kathryn Bigelow, in , for "The Hurt Locker. In an Oscars first, another woman director, Emerald Fennell, was also nominated in the category in the same year. The Chinese director's win acknowledges the impact Asian women can exert on the entertainment industry -- one that has historically objectified them.