In light of all the hubbub surrounding Zuck & “Prissy” Chan (is that a nickname for her yet?Wouldn’t be surprised, seeing as how the media is being really mean to her.I’ve been bowed to on a date and people have commented on the flatness of my face.
But this essay isn’t about that type of yellow fever. While I’m sympathetic to the plight of Asian women who are exotified by awful white men, this new, zeitgeisty application of the term “yellow fever” hasn’t replaced the way it was used in my schoolyard all those years ago: as a catchall term for Asian person.
This is the same way my friends use it while teasing me now—they’re not accusing me of fetishizing my current or past girlfriends.
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The term “Asian” encompasses a wide range of ethnicities and cultural differences, which makes it pretty difficult to address numerous races under an umbrella term without offending one person or another.
So I’m only going to write from my point of view — a 28-year-old Chinese Canadian (yeah, that’s right, I’m not even from your country), living and dating in NYC.