Surely not all Asian women with partners outside of their race are motivated by a masochistic desire to align themselves with the oppressor, and white men dating Asian women can't all be naively projecting colonialist narratives onto the hapless objects of their affections.But can intelligent, cynical adults believe the romantic fluff, “the heart wants what the heart wants” sobriquets and “love is blind” pablums? But after the exhilaration of first contact and the chocolates run out, sometimes lust turns to love, which is fragile enough under the best of circumstances.In my 20s, I ran so far away from men with Asian fetishes that I ended up running away to Paris, only to find myself promptly (and inaccurately) turned into "la belle Japonaise" by Frenchmen fascinated by my..It was in Paris, however, that I also learned that "Yellow Fever" is not simply about a deluded man's desire to find a compliant, "traditional" female to satisfy his every need, for I lived in the Marais and most of my neighbors were gay.The first person I had any form of intimacy with was during the first few weeks of my freshman year.One drunken party on top of a rooftop and one sloppy make out session in Washington Square later, I found myself interested in more.
We don’t need their attention to know our blood type, O, is the liqueur of lust to them – as immortalized by “The Story of O,” “The Castle of Otranto,” and countless other Gothic tomes drawing a straight line from blood-sucking insects to vampire lore.
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I started my first year of college an awkward overly excited 18-year-old girl from the suburbs of VA.
As internet dating continues to accelerate the collapse of socio-geographic boundaries, one thing is clear: the world will be a better place when the “Yellow Fever” nonsense is a thing of the past, and the sound of online buzzing means, simply, “Hi!
”Paula Young Lee is the author of "Deer Hunting in Paris," winner of the 2014 Lowell Thomas "Best Book" award of the Society of American Travel Writers.