The other issue that comes into play here is how Asian women are frequently fetishized.Historically, it was very common for Asian women to be portrayed as docile, subservient, exotic, mysterious, and/or seductive.In other words, these outdated beliefs can be very restrictive and stifling when it comes to the range of options Asian women have in choosing a marriage partner.
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Further, when the primary motivation for such cross-racial unions (involving whatever racial/ethnic combinations) include love, individual compatibility, and perhaps the desire to broaden the exposure and acceptance of Asian/Asian American culture to the rest of mainstream society, interracial dating and marriage can in fact be a very powerful force for greater acceptance and equality across racial/ethnic groups in American society.
The point is, dating and marriage decisions can be complicated but they don't have to be.
In fact, these critics point out that Asian males have been and continue to be purposely portrayed as non-sexual martial arts experts, nerds and geeks, or evil villains and that this portrayal serves to eliminate Asian males as potential rivals to White males for the affection of Asian women.
These critics also note that it is the saddest irony when Asian women either allow themselves to be objectified and fetishized or when they buy into and accept these demeaning portrayals of Asian men and eliminate them as potential partners.
These images can be traced back to Chinese prostitutes who were "imported" into the U. back in the 1800s and through the prevalence of "war brides" (Asian women marrying U. military servicemen) after World War 2, and these images are constantly reinforced and perpetuated in the media.
Another theory argues that, due to the Women's Rights and feminist movements in recent decades, some White men now find White women to be too independent and strong-willed.
Sometimes, particularly for young Asian immigrant women, they are pressured or forced into marrying within their own ethnic group by family members and cultural traditions.
These critiques also don't point out that patriarchy and sexism still exists within many elements of traditional Asian culture.
Fortunately, that is not always the story for many, even most interracial relationships.