"Michael Lohman is sick"
read the email to students in MAT 308: Theory of Games, explaining why the Princeton mathematics graduate student had not yet graded their homework. Not sick as in "flu"-sick, but sick as in "squirting his bodily fluids into unsuspecting women's drinks and cutting off locks of their hair for unspeakable acts involving mittens"-sick. And not just any women, but exclusively Asian women. An extreme case, to be sure, but the Western"otaku"
(and often having much success
with) Asian women is a quite familiar and often disturbing
trope for those of us who have spent much time among the disaffected English majors
, anime fans, martial artists, dirty old men
, and various other Asiaphiles. Yet decidedly non-nerdy folks
have expressed a definite preference for Asian women
as well. Where
does this preference (which certainly goes
) come from? As such interracial couplings increase
, should we even try to distinguish relationships based on "Suzie Wong"
stereotypes or even outright economic exploitation,
and relationships that are somehow more "acceptable?" Or will non-Asian guys with Asian girls constantly be forced to prove it's not just a case of "Yellow Fever?"