on yellow fever

Yellow Fever  : The fetishization of Asian people based on Orientalist views of the culture, usually this results in stereotyping Asian folks for erotic satisfaction, that reproduces racist, Orientalist ideas about Asia.

Hey , isn’t that awesome?! The first half of my academic career in undergrad was focused on what I called, “Asian Exploitation”, the exploitation of Asian culture for commodities, either in the form of people (dating services) or easily accessible foods that are mass produced for the placement in Western grocery stores, not meant for Asian folks themselves. So, when I saw this video circulating around the interwebs, my inner “Asian Exploitation” geek was intrigued.

Debbie Lum, the director of Seeking Asian Female, a documentary about one man’s search for the perfect Asian wife (read: mail-order), has created a short web-series, about Yellow Fever entitled, “They’re All so Beautiful”. It’s worth watching–the videos are short and simple. They get down to the point– Yellow Fever is racist, and really gross.


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