“Yellow Fever” is Not a Crime, You Racist!
It’s a sunny and mild day in Seattle and I’ve just taken a tour with a few close friends and a relative of the close friends. We’re talking about everything under the sun when randomly the conversation turns. I know where it’s headed because I’ve listened to this conversation and the subsequent interrogation for years — at least 10!
“Brittany…likes Asian guys.” My friend says to her relative – someone I’ve only known
for say, 45 minutes? The relative smiles awkwardly not knowing how to respond while my friends laugh hysterically. I, like always, roll my eyes and get a little huffy.
If I had a dime for each time friends of mine (Asian-American and otherwise) exclaimed my preference of Asian men over others to other friends or sometimes complete strangers, I would be a millionaire.
Among my friends and those who grew up with me, it’s widely known that *most* of the men I find attractive are Asian, but this does not mean that I think *most* Asian men are attractive. Just like I don’t think *most* men of the globe are attractive!
I get so irritated when people think it’s important enough to point out. It’s not like I see a man walking down the street and yell “Hey! See that guy! He’s a MAN! He (probably) has a penis! You like him?? Eh Eh? Jump him! Jump him now!” Because that’s insane! To believe I get hot and bothered over every Asian male that passes me is ridiculous, too!
Then come the questions. Even my bestest and Asian-est of friends have all scrutinized: Why do you find so many Asian men attractive? Why do you like Asian guys? How long have you? What is it about them that draws you to them? I don’t get it!
Well, newsflash: I don’t get it either! Do any of us know why we prefer a certain hair or eye color? Do any of us know why we prefer a certain build (you can claim natural selection but I know some girls prefer skinny guys as opposed to broader built ones) or detest another hair color/eye color/build? We just do!
As far as how long, I don’t know either. It could have been when I started chasing a Nguyen around the playground at recess in Kindergarten or when I had a crush on a Kim in the 4th grade. I just don’t know.
So what if I’ve had crushes on Tran’s, Do’s, Ham’s, Hwang’s, Kang’s, Wang’s, Chau’s, Suzuki’s, Lee’s, Moon’s and everything in between? So what my first boyfriend was a Ngo and the last guy I dated was a Park? And so what if my biggest actor crush is John Cho and my biggest (retired) athlete crush is Hidetoshi Nakata (he was in a Calvin Klein ad for Pete’s sake!)?? They are/were all beautiful men and in the 21st century, I have hard time believing that we still care about the fact I prefer a race that isn’t my own instead of how good looking they are. Amiright?
P.S.: I thought I’d do a whole stream of photos of my favorites but you might die from all the sexy and I’d implode from all the sexy, too. But feel free to look up Brian Tee, Yul Kwon, Philip Wang (of WongFu Productions), David Choi and Joseph Vincent for some incredible inside-and-out beautiful Asian/Pacific Islander-American men.
P.S.S.: Just to be clear, I do not condone the usage of “Yellow Fever”, it is merely a joke on those who still do.