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An Asian fetish is an interest, or preference for Asian people, culture, or things of Asian origin by those of non-Asian descent.It applies to the enthusiasms experienced by some non-Asian people for such things as Asian cinema, An Asian fetish is distinct from an interracial partnership.
The prominence of this provocative geisha image on trade goods fostered, in the eyes of Western men, the idea of the geisha and East Asian women as decorative, sexual objects. Continuous exhibition of such in mainstream media has led to the idea of the "Asian fetish". Butterfly, the writer David Henry Hwang, using the term "yellow fever", a pun on the disease of the same name, discusses white men with a "fetish" for (east) Asian women.The 1887 novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti and Puccini's 1904 opera Madama Butterfly served to popularise the image of the submissive and doll-like East Asian woman, while Hollywood promoted the sexualised Asian femme fatale in the form portrayed by Anna May Wong as Fu Manchu’s daughter. The term "yellow fever" describes someone who is inflicted with a disease, meaning that someone with an Asian fetish has a sickness.The image of the sexualized Asian woman in the United States was further solidified by the presence of the U. military in Asia during the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war. Hwang argues that this phenomenon is caused by stereotyping of Asians in Western society.the perfect wife who is not going to talk back"., as in they are perceived to be able to properly take care of their children during the day and fulfill their partner's sexual desires at night.In interviews done by Bitna Kim, white men explain their fetish for Asian women.