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Yellow Fever On why white girls won't date Asian guys.
posted by BuddhaInABucket (100 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
I wonder if it was funny... I couldn't stand to watch beyond the first minute.
posted by jonson at 10:23 AM on March 12, 2006


Some white girls have yellow fever.
posted by delmoi at 10:24 AM on March 12, 2006


Hahah, yeah this is very uh, overwrought. Almost unbearably so. Maybe it would be funny if I was an Asian dude.
posted by delmoi at 10:30 AM on March 12, 2006


I love how Richard (the Indian dude)'s accent goes away for his parting lines.

delmoi - where da white wimmen at?
posted by PurplePorpoise at 10:33 AM on March 12, 2006


I thought that was pretty decent. College film to be sure but the tact was there and it wasn't that bad, and I was really worried it would be one big faux pas, which it wasn't at all.
posted by furtive at 10:37 AM on March 12, 2006


I, a white woman, married an Asian man, but I wouldn't have if he was constantly, even jokingly, referring to Asian women as "our girls" and making similar racist remarks. Video was awful.
posted by juniper at 10:38 AM on March 12, 2006


It was fairly funny.

While it was clearly a student film with amateur actors, the concept and a reasonable part of the comedy works.
posted by tkolar at 10:39 AM on March 12, 2006


I know a girl my age (24) and relatively hot who was dating a 45+ year old Asian dude who was obsessed with her. It was rather disgusting to me, actually, because I wanted the chick. She was Ukrainian.

I also know one chinese girl who isn't attracted to white guys at all. She thinks they all look the same.
posted by delmoi at 10:43 AM on March 12, 2006


I thought it was pretty good for an amateur film. The ending was a little weak, and sometimes the acting was a little bit too exagerated, but it had some very funny moments.

As for the underlying premise, I hadn't noticed that the Asian/White relationship was biased one way or the other, but I don't have very many Asian friends. I'm half Chinese and have never dated an Asian girl.
posted by justkevin at 10:49 AM on March 12, 2006


Just to comment about the style; it's patterned on a style that's common in Hong Kong cinema/television with a sprinkling of Manga.

Strange, come to think of it (I was born in HK, grew up in Canada) I've only ever dated caucasian women (and one Japanese girl).
posted by PurplePorpoise at 10:54 AM on March 12, 2006


It's a pretty good movie. I thought it was funny and a heck of a lot better-done than other student films I have seen.
posted by jayder at 11:00 AM on March 12, 2006


3 minutes in, nothing funny or interesting happened ... i'll pass
posted by pyramid termite at 11:18 AM on March 12, 2006


Physically, demasculinated Western features of attractiveness (height, facial hair, etc.). The stereotypes don't help, either.
posted by Mach3avelli at 11:18 AM on March 12, 2006


Well I thought it wasn't "best of the web" but hard to find a single google video link that would be.
posted by keijo at 11:28 AM on March 12, 2006


This is probably funny if you've never actually experienced it.
posted by fandango_matt at 11:30 AM on March 12, 2006


pyramid termite - same as.
posted by triv at 11:36 AM on March 12, 2006


An hour after you eat a Chinese girl you are hungry again
posted by Postroad at 12:04 PM on March 12, 2006


you know what's weird about this video? when the main character goes to his friend chris' house (who has a lot of white friends, apparently), his friend chris is just sort of vaguely stroking a large vinyl mat for whatever reason. if it's later revealed precisely what he's doing, I don't know, because I stopped watching from boredom.
posted by shmegegge at 12:11 PM on March 12, 2006


Were did you learn your chin scratching fighting style?
posted by bephillips at 12:20 PM on March 12, 2006


Stereotypes are a real time-saver!
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 12:20 PM on March 12, 2006


it was kinda funny, but at the same time, interesting point. another interesting point is, why are asian guys so stuck on dating within the asian category? see, i'm indian, and i like ALL types of girls.

By the way, that indian dude had it all wrong, as much as I loved the forced accent. We desi folk can hold are own(I've dated, white, asian and indian girls). Again, however, I see a lot of my desi friends dating ONLY indian chicks.

Why don't people mix it up? Really?
posted by Doorstop at 12:41 PM on March 12, 2006


I love all the anecdotal "I know an Asian guy who dated a white girl" evidence. I don't need statistics to know what I see every day, which is way more white male-asian female couples than white female-asian male couples. Over the years, the trend seems to be equalizing a little bit, but it's still skewed to the former.

I notice because I'm the product of the unusual combo. And when my parents met in the early 50s in NYC, it was really unusual. So unusual that my Dad was threatened with beatings and my parents ended up eloping and disowned by their families.
posted by ereshkigal45 at 12:44 PM on March 12, 2006


oh yeah, and that DDR thing? not limited to asian guys. i have many white friends who play video games all damned day, and then come and whine how they can't find women.

it makes me wanna scream.
posted by Doorstop at 12:54 PM on March 12, 2006


ereshkigal45, I agree with you about the useless anecdotes, and I certainly see a lot more asian female white male couples, but.. It has been suggested to me that I am just more likely to notice it in one direction than the other, which might actually be true.

Also, I believe that in the 60s and 70s the trend was white woman with asian guy. I know quite a few children of such couplings - "Why is your last name Cheung?"
posted by Chuckles at 12:58 PM on March 12, 2006


I think the film should have touched on another aspect of interracial dating, that it's much more common to see black male/white female couples than black female/white male couples. I'm not sure if the Jet Li's "Romeo Must Die" was trying to make a statement on how many single asian men and black women there are out there and that things should be brought about full circle, or something.
posted by bobo123 at 1:00 PM on March 12, 2006


[caution: entering a non-PC zone]

A sub-theory: really, really hot Jewish guys often have a thing for Asian women. It's so predictable that one day I was walking down the street in Manhattan and saw a really beautiful Jewish dude walking by himself -- curly black hair, green eyes, wiry frame from playing tennis or soccer at Jewish day camp when he was a kid, the whole deal -- and I thought to myself, "Jeezus, where's the hot Asian girlfriend?" Then she ran up and kissed him.

Stats? Don't have any. Video? Don't need one. Call me a field anthropologist.

Yes, I have issues. In the gay world, I'm considered a "bear" (not that I hang out in the gay world -- I don't), and though I often think Jewish guys are cute, they never think the same of me. Thus, I have gone out with non-Jews all my life -- blonds, redheads, and so on -- and am very happily coupled with a sweet Midwestern guy. From the outside, that looks like I'm exercising my own preferences -- "He's obviously another self-hating Jew who only goes out with goyim!" -- but it's quite the opposite: goyische guys like me (thank G-d!) and Jewish guys don't. And it's noticeable how often the Jewish guys who I think are cute have Asian girlfriends.

Maybe I'm nuts. Or maybe there's something cultural or genetic going on.

[/leaving the non-PC zone]
posted by digaman at 1:07 PM on March 12, 2006


its the penis size.
posted by j-urb at 1:09 PM on March 12, 2006


please do go on.
posted by digaman at 1:11 PM on March 12, 2006


The way he said the line "maybe even a white girl" is the answer to why asian girls might not want to date guys like him.
posted by Space Coyote at 1:13 PM on March 12, 2006


the world revolves around the phallus.
posted by j-urb at 1:14 PM on March 12, 2006


its the penis size.

I thought nobody was *ever* going to mention it.

Why do you suppose she dumps the white guy for the black guy in the last frame?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:18 PM on March 12, 2006


I don't know - why does she dump the white guy for the black guy in the last frame?
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 1:28 PM on March 12, 2006


Hey, it was obviously a "project" film, where half the point is the techniques you're learning how to use (or in this case, not overuse). I thought it was funny and well-done for that genre.

Just to comment about the style; it's patterned on a style that's common in Hong Kong cinema/television with a sprinkling of Manga.

Funny, I thought this guy must have a good memory of Parker Lewis Can't Lose (and to a certain extent shows in a similar vein such as Malcolm in the Middle). But maybe PLCL was ripping off Hong Kong (as well as Ferris Bueller).

In any case, the reality is that Asian-American men do face inequality in the marriage stakes, ironically to the same extent as black women (and in both cases, the inequality is in fact worsening over time).

For Asians and blacks, intermarriage is a major issue, affecting around 20% of each population directly (and many more indirectly through relatives). For whites, though, intermarriage is still a niche issue -- fewer than 1 in 20 whites will marry someone of a different race.
posted by dhartung at 1:29 PM on March 12, 2006


I'm sorry, is this the joke where the punch line is that the penis complains?

'Cause I've heard that one.
posted by the sobsister at 1:32 PM on March 12, 2006


Oh, lord.

This is all predicated on the assumption that Asian men want to date white women, but can't, because white women are racist. I'm sure there are a whole lot of white women who are indeed racist and won't date Asian men--but that neatly ignores the fact there are Asian men who are making the same racist assumption about white women. As far as I'm concerned, it's probably best if both groups remain single.
posted by fandango_matt at 1:33 PM on March 12, 2006


That movie was hilarious.

Made me think, though. Actually, all the asian guys I know and have hung out with have dated white girls, as well as other races. I do know other asian guys on an acquantaince basis who seem like the type that sit at home and play DDR, study, and post shit on metafilter (heh), and they don't seem to have any girlfriends.
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 1:38 PM on March 12, 2006


Belgian - white relationships are almost always white man - Belgian woman. I think it is likely for the same reasons j-urb points out.
posted by Meatbomb at 1:44 PM on March 12, 2006


For a movie made by college guys, that was pretty good. Thanks for posting it!

As to the debate, well, I really don't know, although I saw it in action at UCLA so I know it's true. Indian guys don't have it rough, though, from what I remember. And I knew some asian guys who rocked white girls all day long, and all night strong.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 1:48 PM on March 12, 2006


Oh, and just to add fuel to the flames of generalization:

Jewish women will often date/marry Asian (usually ABC--American-Born Chinese) guys.

It's twue.
posted by the sobsister at 1:49 PM on March 12, 2006


How can I find a Hindu an asian girl to marry?
posted by orthogonality at 1:51 PM on March 12, 2006


The way he goes around to his various friends is very 40-year old virgin-ish.
posted by Space Coyote at 1:58 PM on March 12, 2006


More anecdotal evidence, anyone? Just yesterday on the train I saw a *very* hot white girl, giving her Asian boyfriend one of the hottest goodbye kisses I've ever seen. I thought to myself, there should be more of that happening - beween all races.
I'm of the "let's all fuck each other until everybody's golden brown" school of thought.
posted by bashos_frog at 2:02 PM on March 12, 2006


"let's all fuck each other until everybody's golden brown"

"Hybrid vigor" is nice for the hybrid, perhaps, but genetic diversity is good for the survival of the species.

Humans are teribly un-diverse compared to other primates already; let's try to retain some of what we have.
posted by orthogonality at 2:05 PM on March 12, 2006


I really loved this. I thought it was adorable.

Yes, there's tons of stereotypes in there; I think that's the point. I love seeing Americans talk about race is a way that isn't just about black and white, and since this guy can do it with a bit of humour, an english-language thing with some manga thrown in...jokes about the accents, and never actually voicing the punchline (the penis size thing) but hovering around it so that you get how he's leaving it out on purpose...I think it's fantastic.
posted by Hildegarde at 2:15 PM on March 12, 2006


Eh. To my knowledge, every girl my Korean friend has dated has been white.
posted by Atreides at 2:31 PM on March 12, 2006


This is all predicated on the assumption that Asian men want to date white women, but can't, because white women are racist. I'm sure there are a whole lot of white women who are indeed racist and won't date Asian men...

I've never been attracted to Asian women, but I don't think that makes me racist.
posted by justkevin at 2:33 PM on March 12, 2006


why does she dump the white guy for the black guy in the last frame?

Because it's a joke about stereotypes regarding penis size, of course.

Did you not notice the laboured manner in which the Indian guy points out that Asian men have little confidence.

The understated punch line, as Hildegarde points out, is his joy in realizing that white men suffer precisely the same anxieties too, only they fear their women will desert them for the myth of the huge black penis.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:34 PM on March 12, 2006


CollegeProjectFilter
posted by Satapher at 2:35 PM on March 12, 2006


SelfLinkFilter
posted by Satapher at 2:42 PM on March 12, 2006


These guys haven't met my sisters.

And yes, I can see the "Maybe they're fortunate enough not to have met them" line.
posted by juiceCake at 2:57 PM on March 12, 2006


Yep. No such thing as Yellow Fever.

If you click on the media kit, you can listen to one of their best pieces, "Listen Asshole", which, obviously, is NSFW.
posted by yeloson at 3:14 PM on March 12, 2006


Thanks, BIAB; the video was really funny, and some of the responses here are even funnier.

Oh, and:
the world revolves around the phallus.

To be more specific, around my phallus.
Seriously, it's that big.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:29 PM on March 12, 2006


I thought the expression was yellow tail, rather than yellow fever and that the punchline of the movie was about this.
posted by nickyskye at 3:33 PM on March 12, 2006


Fucking a girl of your same 'race' is like fucking yourself - a little weird. Everyone should blend. What a wonderful world it could be.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 3:36 PM on March 12, 2006


"It's because it's Friday night and we're playing DDR" !!!

I dunno about the white/asian issue, but the lack of synchronization makes it funny for me. (Maybe it's just an artifact of downloading as avi with the previous link?)

Still, I didn't stick with it all the way thru.
posted by jam_pony at 3:50 PM on March 12, 2006


I've never been attracted to Asian women, but I don't think that makes me racist.

no. you just need some junk n yer trunk.
posted by j-urb at 4:41 PM on March 12, 2006


According to Japanese porn men do not have a penis but a series of swirling squares which perform a similar function. I could be wrong but this might be something to do with it.
posted by longbaugh at 4:54 PM on March 12, 2006


genetic diversity is good for the survival of the species.

Hybrids don't decrease genetic diversity: they do decrease the correlation of certain alleles (e.g. Tay-Sachs Disease) with particular ethnic groups (e.g. Ashkenazi Jews) but that's not the same thing.
posted by alasdair at 4:57 PM on March 12, 2006


I'm Whitey McCracker from the dirty South, and I don't much care for white girls.

Junk in the trunk is the only way to roll.

Also, I have dated a fair number of Jewish girls, who seem to like me mostly for the potential "Goyim-Trauma" their parents will suffer.
posted by erskelyne at 5:03 PM on March 12, 2006


Satapher: How do you arrive at the conclusion that this is a self-link? I did go to UCSD but neither know the people who made this video nor had anything to do with it.

StupidCalloutFilter
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 5:16 PM on March 12, 2006


According to Japanese porn men do not have a penis but a series of swirling squares which perform a similar function.

they must go through a lot of pants with that going on ...
posted by pyramid termite at 5:25 PM on March 12, 2006


I am a white guy, and while I have dated white and black girls. I seem to have a connection with Asian women that is a lot stronger.
posted by Deep Dish at 5:37 PM on March 12, 2006


Damn, you guys are a tough crowd. I thought it was cute.
posted by LarryC at 5:48 PM on March 12, 2006


Now these are funny:

Never Gets the Girl

No Hollywood Hunk

~ by Tak Toyshima
posted by bwg at 5:51 PM on March 12, 2006


My white college girlfriend is married to my Filipino college buddy. So there.
posted by jonmc at 5:55 PM on March 12, 2006


Has anyone else noticed how often white guys with a thing for Asian women seem to be gay and in denial? Just me? OK, then.
posted by Soulfather at 5:55 PM on March 12, 2006


This is the triple-threat of annoying MeFi threads:
1. arguing assertions based on anecdotal evidence
2. racism
3. link to a page filled with dong photos.
posted by nomad at 6:01 PM on March 12, 2006


what about keanu reeves? i thought girls loved him or where the last two matrix movies really that bad?
posted by j-urb at 6:16 PM on March 12, 2006


According to Japanese porn men do not have a penis but a series of swirling squares which perform a similar function.

You forgot the tentacle porn!
posted by malaprohibita at 6:36 PM on March 12, 2006


Now these are funny:

bwg, re: this strip... yes, specifically "The Replacement Killers", what the hell... you have Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino and nothing happens between them.
posted by bobo123 at 6:44 PM on March 12, 2006


"Hybrid vigor" is nice for the hybrid, perhaps, but genetic diversity is good for the survival of the species.

Genetic diversity is not effected by interbreeding. "Race" is really only related to a few superficial traits anyway.
posted by delmoi at 6:59 PM on March 12, 2006


really, really hot Jewish guys often have a thing for Asian women.

I'm Jewish, and I like Asian women--therefore, I must be hot!
posted by Citizen Premier at 7:02 PM on March 12, 2006


Fucking a girl of your same 'race' is like fucking yourself - a little weird. Everyone should blend. What a wonderful world it could be.

You know, it's odd by I really do feel that way. Dating within your race does seem a little 'weird' to me, even though everyone does it.

My white college girlfriend is married to my Filipino college buddy. So there.

Filipinos are mad pimps.
posted by delmoi at 7:04 PM on March 12, 2006


I should say, though, that I have primarily asian friends, and while I'm not wasian I do feel more comfortable around asian people. I don't think that's exactly a normal thing for a hot Jewish dude, and it's most likely the reason I'm interested in asian girls.
posted by Citizen Premier at 7:11 PM on March 12, 2006


Filipinos are mad pimps.

Hell, I'm sorta seeing a Filipino girl, now. They rock mad shit.
posted by jonmc at 7:14 PM on March 12, 2006


bobo123 -- exactly.

The reverse is also true in Romeo Must Die, where although there was a supposed romance between the characters played by Jet Li and Aaliyah, they never actually kissed ...

Mind you, I have heard (third party -- not sure how true it is) that North American girls had quite a thing for Russell Wong in that film.
posted by bwg at 7:17 PM on March 12, 2006


jonmc: amen to that.
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 7:51 PM on March 12, 2006


Isn't Russell Wong a halfie?

(Halfie Chinese/Western girls are teh total hotness)

I dunno - is it so much ethnicity as physical characteristics? Skinny and short black dudes vs. dorky white dudes, vs. tall kung-fu wide-shouldered asian dudes?
posted by PurplePorpoise at 8:22 PM on March 12, 2006


"You know the real reason why the white guys are getting our girls? Cuz it's Friday night, and we're playing DDR."

The most honest statement in the entire student made film, and perhaps its funniest line. It's not about skin color or whether type A has more or less hair than type B. In fact, to improve humanity's chances for survival in the future, we need several generations of interracial reproduction. Looking at the royalty of Europe you can see many examples. By the time England got to the Tudor line, reproducing at all became very difficult, because the royal class society had developed blueblood thinking it was important to not dilute the royal line, when the upshot of it was they effectively married cousins of each other, and that leads to inbreeding, which leads to an increase of stillborns and otherwise weak offspring.

Science has proven that it's crossbreeding and more dynamically diverse genetic differences that promotes hardier and more evolutionarily adaptable descendants. Whoever invented this whole racism thing? And somehow convinced (still) a frightening majority of human beings to believe it? Dey wuz wack, man.

So if you find yourself today in an interracial relationship, or an interracial marriage, congratulations! You are on the road to helping improve the human genome for generations to come! Maybe generations from now it'll be considered weird and even gross to see a white guy with a white girl, or a black woman married to a white man, or an asian chick with an asian dude. People will point and laugh at them and make the same kinda jokes people today make about cousins in Arkansas. You know. Like the Clintons.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:27 PM on March 12, 2006 [1 favorite]


Maybe generations from now it'll be considered weird and even gross to see a white guy with a white girl, or a black woman married to a white man, or an asian chick with an asian dude.

That seems a bit silly, when one considers that interracial relationships are often described in terms of being a disease ("yellow fever", "jungle fever", etc.).
posted by clevershark at 8:37 PM on March 12, 2006


...Oh. For those who bored and didn't watch it toward the end, give it a second try. It's kinda like Sex In The City, but for guys... So it's more like Sexless In The Dorms. And the punchline's kinda predictable, but still funny. Admittedly it's a bit of a moral thing where there's a lesson to be learned and in that way it's kinda After School Specialish... On second thought, don't watch it all the way through. I think I'm going to find me a spanish chick and try to forget I ever saw this video.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:38 PM on March 12, 2006


Fucking a girl of your same 'race' is like fucking yourself - a little weird.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 5:36 PM CST on March 12 [!]


I seldom understand what you're talking about TJH but this has to be among the top WTF? quotes of yours I've seen.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:41 PM on March 12, 2006


posted by ZachsMind Maybe generations from now it'll be considered weird and even gross to see...a black woman married to a white man.

What the fuck? Care to rephrase that?
posted by fandango_matt at 8:55 PM on March 12, 2006


Oops. Perhaps a Freudian Slip. I meant ..black woman married to a black man... In the context given, I would hope everyone understood what I meant to say, having given two other examples.

I'll go make some tea, anticipating the political correctness police.
posted by ZachsMind at 9:00 PM on March 12, 2006


I think it was a typo.
posted by shoos at 9:02 PM on March 12, 2006


This is the triple-threat of annoying MeFi threads:
1. arguing assertions based on anecdotal evidence


Aren't you needling there?

2. racism

So no discussion of race related preferences is possible without it being called racist?

3. link to a page filled with dong photos.

LOL, perhaps this vs this would have been more politically correct?
posted by nickyskye at 9:15 PM on March 12, 2006


I'm of the "let's all fuck each other until everybody's golden brown" school of thought.

hell yeah!!! i know i'm adding MY coffee to that mix! w00t!!!
posted by Doorstop at 9:16 PM on March 12, 2006


What was the punchline, anyways?
posted by Citizen Premier at 9:16 PM on March 12, 2006


the punch line was that my penis is bigger. ha. ha.

yay. penies jokes. how original. even though the film was mildly entertaining, i hope the kid didn't get above a C grade on this thing.

I really liked the "Listen, Asshole" link btw... hardcore. they need one for every ethnicity now.
posted by Doorstop at 9:24 PM on March 12, 2006


Anyone been reading Optic Nerve lately?
posted by idontlikewords at 9:31 PM on March 12, 2006


Currently, the playback feature of Google Video isn't available in your country.
Phew, that's five minutes of my life I'll never lose.
posted by Joeforking at 9:32 PM on March 12, 2006


I used to hear the same thing from my asian-american friends. They were the same ones running around making home-made kung-fu movies where they would whip nun-chuks around and inevitably hit themselves in the balls, or execute a roundhouse kick to the head of a friend that would accidentally connect. Hard. I think the herd might have thinned themselves out by now though...
posted by mk1gti at 9:45 PM on March 12, 2006


I think the Bollywood hunks were inadequately represented in that movie.
posted by nickyskye at 9:51 PM on March 12, 2006


Obligatory anecdotal evidence for delroi's Mad Pimpin' Filipino theory.
posted by AccordionGuy at 4:35 AM on March 13, 2006


Fuck UCSD.
posted by beerbajay at 4:51 AM on March 13, 2006


(I thought it was UCLA. Isn't the Price Center - which is mentioned - at Uckla?)
posted by ereshkigal45 at 8:09 AM on March 13, 2006


no, Price Center is UCSD.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:49 AM on March 13, 2006


I thought it was UCI. Damn Planet of the Apes postmodern concrete architecture.
posted by loquacious at 12:26 PM on March 13, 2006


Maybe he should get this shirt?
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 3:33 PM on March 13, 2006


100th post! whoo!
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