Nearly every man has yellow fever, even though I personally don’t like this expression, because it implicates that being attracted to Asian women is a sickness, a perverse fetish.Isn’t it ironic that we men are labeled as liberal-minded, tolerant and progressive, when we say that we are attracted to women from races that are not so popular on the dating market, but we are automatically creepy perverts with psychological issues, when we say that we are attracted to Asian girls?In my life, I've often encountered a certain type of Western guy who was attracted to Asian women. I wanted to know why, so I set out to make a documentary.What emerged five years later, after hundreds of hours of research, including interviews with men and women who posted ads for Asian women on sites like Craigslist and Asiafriendfinder, was "Seeking Asian Female", an eccentric, tender and at-times uncomfortable love story between a 60-year-old American man and his 30-year-old Chinese fiancée.One interesting effect of the obesity epidemic has been an increase in the desirability of Asian women.
Nowadays there are so few thin white females that men must look elsewhere.
I heard from Asian, Asian-American and many other women about their encounters with this so-called "yellow fever." I even interviewed a Chinese woman who's a yenta for men seeking Asian wives in Silicon Valley. Around 500 BCE, Confucius outlined relationships in which wives looked up to their husbands in perfect harmony.
Throughout all this, a common thread emerged: myths and misconceptions about Asian women are as strongly held as ever. Times have changed, but the myth that Asian women make doting and dutiful wives still persists.
I'm also creating a companion project, "They're All So Beautiful," an online video series and forum to discuss the nuances of race, romance and "yellow fever."Though the concept dates back centuries, dating Asian women, or, more accurately, the idea of dating Asian women, has officially gone mainstream.
While I spoke to a lot of aging white men, I also spoke with young hipsters, black men and Latinos who desire Asian women.