Dear Steve Harvey, this may come as some absurd surprise to you, but people actually do want to date and marry Asian men.
During a recent segment on his talk show, Harvey cracked some unfunny jokes about dating advice books, including “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”
The audience broke out laughing as the host composed himself saying, “That’s one page. ’Excuse me, do you like Asian men?’ ‘No.’ ‘Thank you.’”
Harvey then came up with a follow-up book titled, “How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”
“Same thing,” he said. “‘You like Asian men?’ ‘I don’t even like Chinese food. It don’t stay with you no time. I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.’”
Well, here’s a quick list of interracial celebrity couples — Asian men with non-Asian partners — to prove how wrong Harvey really is:
Beenzino and Stefanie Michova
The South Korean rapper and German model, who have been featured on Big Bang’s G-Dragon and Taeyang’s music video “Good Boy”, have been dating since 2015.
While living in New Zealand, Beenzino learned to speak English, and it seems Stefanie has been a pretty good German teacher as well.
“We speak in English, but try to learn each other’s language and mix them in conversations,” he said of his girlfriend.
Bruce Lee and Linda Lee Cadwell
The “Enter the Dragon” star married Linda Lee Cadwell in August 1964 and had to kids, Brandon and Shannon Lee.
Unfortunately, his success was short-lived, dying in July 1973 at the age of 32.
Shannon, who was only 4 when her father passed away, has dedicated her life to preserving and sharing his message through the Bruce Lee Foundation, telling NextShark that he was a loving parent, but also a strict tiger dad.
George Takei and Brad Altman
Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, met his husband in the 1980s at a gay Los Angeles running club called LA Frontrunners.
The two kept their relationship hidden for 18 years until Takei came out to the public in 2005.
They tied the knot three years later at the Japanese American National Museum in L.A.
Eugene Jang and Ilia Calderon
Calderon, the award-winning journalist who works for Univision’s Edición Nocturna Noticiero, is married to Hang, a physical therapist of Korean descent.
The couple started dating in 2010 and have one daughter together.
In a 2015 letter, the stunning news anchor expressed her concerns about discrimination for their daughter, writing: “My daughter is not guilty of having slanted eyes, her dark skin and curly hair. She is the product of the love between two people who decided to bring her into the world against all odds. That should be enough. Why would her physical characteristics be important?”
Grant Imahara and Jennifer Newman
The former “MythBusters” host got down on one knee at an L.A. restaurant on December 7 to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Newman.
“WE HAVE A YES. Just got engaged to @Jennernugen!!!” the 46-year-old wrote on Twitter.
Imahara also tweeted out a photo of the antique engagement ring, which weighs 1.56 carats and cost nearly $20,000.
Seung Yong Chung and Diane Farr
Farr and Chung , who is of Korean origin, got hitched in 2006, and have three children together.
But after 10 years, her husband’s parents still don’t approve of their relationship, wanting their son to marry within his race.
In a special 2011 piece for CNN, the actress known for her roles in “Numb3rs” and “Californication,” wrote: “Seven years later and three half-Asian/half-Caucasian children deep, the discussion of race rarely comes up in our home. But only because we worked so hard to make sure the inconsistencies we were both taught in our parents’ homes about what kinds of people were worthy to love would never be a part of our home or life together.”
Will Yun Lee and Jennifer Birmingham
The “Hawaii Five-0” star and his wife, actress Jennifer Birmingham, welcomed their first son Cash in June 2013.
Lee — who is also known for playing a villain in “The Wolverine” and “Witchblade” TV series — married Birmingham in October 2010.
Yo-Yo Ma and Jill Hornor
The Chinese American cellist first met the former violinist at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont when they were just teenagers.
Ma courted her the old-fashioned way via mail and phone conversations.
The two married in 1978, one year after Ma graduated from Harvard.
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid
Former One Direction bandmate and heartthrob Zayn Malik and model Gigi Hadid have had an on-off relationship since 2015.
The 24-year-old singer’s father is British Pakistani and his mom is English.
Rumors began to spread that the two got engaged after Hadid was recently spotted wearing a ring on her finger.