A quick Google search defines “exotic” as either “originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country” or “an exotic plant or animal.”
I’ve been called this word so many times that I’ve stopped bothering to keep track: by Metro catcallers, by Santa Monica street performers, by my sixth-grade history teacher, by my father’s 60-year-old business clients.
A small chain of restaurants in Los Angeles is shutting down its operations a year after going viral for its name Yellow Fever, which many found to be culturally insensitive.
Originally a standalone spot for rice bowls and other Asian fusion cuisines in Torrance, Yellow Fever gained prominence in 2018 when it partnered with Whole Foods in Long Beach to open a mini location inside the grocery store.
If Asian women were given a penny for every time a yellow-fevered, misogynistic white boy talked about his fetish on the internet, we’d all be filthy rich by now. Twitter is practically a feeding ground for these types of men nowadays. They’ve formed their own communities of bored, sexist men with racial fetishes and defend each other’s actions online, hiding behind anonymous accounts — how noble.
God I love asian women so much.
Tinder is a magical place, one second you’re saying hello to a stranger and the next second you’re bombarded with unsolicited dick picks with zero warning. When you’re Asian, it goes a step further and dating sites become playgrounds for men and women who fetishize us for our race. Some comments are just hilariously tragic while others can be sexual and threatening, making it difficult to figure out how to reply to such vulgar messages or whether to even respond at all.
Here are some of the worst comments Asian women and men have received on Tinder and their savage responses. Take notes, ladies and gents: These may come in handy next time you encounter a creep with yellow fever because let’s be real, it doesn’t seem like they’re going away any time soon.
Ada Chen, a Chinese-American artist, confronts Asian stereotypes by creating jewelry.
Based on real cringe-worthy conversations, Chen crafted a set of dangle earrings in the shape of iMessage speech bubbles.
Editor’s Note: Ranier Maningding is a copywriter and mastermind behind the social justice page “The Love Life of an Asian Guy“. The opinions expressed in this piece are solely his own.
While most people are logging onto Facebook on their tippytoes, trying not to read any spoilers for the Avengers: Infinity War movie that came out this Friday, I’m frolicking barefoot through this social media minefield, going out of my way to find spoilers. I want to the movie to be spoiled.
Whole Foods is under fire after an Asian-themed restaurant named “Yellow Fever” opened inside it’s new 365 store on Wednesday in Long Beach, California.
Nestled quietly between a toy collectible shop and an AT&T retailer, Yellow Fever draws the eye unexpectedly — its subtly cool exterior juxtaposed to its outlandish name.
This area of Torrance, California — one block padded with small restaurants just across from Zamperini Field — is far from trendy and hardly a culinary mecca, yet literal droves of customers visit the tiny eatery on a daily basis. Is it the name? Perhaps the culture?
Editors Note: Part-time model Joey Kim is not a graduated doctor, as we originally reported, but is a student doctor until he graduates. We’ve changed the article to reflect this.
Meet Joey Kiho Kim.
French-Canadian Alexandre Cazes, the founder of AlphaBay, has been found dead by apparent suicide in his jail cell in Thailand. The darkweb marketplace creator was just 25 years old when he took his own life after awaiting extradition to the U.S. on charges of racketeering, conspiracy, and money laundering.
Cazes has been touted as a former whiz kid, taking up hacking when he was just 14 years old. At first, he dabbled in cryptocurrencies, but eventually moved onto the online black market, creating the largest website dedicated to selling illegal drugs, guns, stolen credit cards, and the like. Eventually, he amassed an obscene quantity of wealth, estimating his own net value to be over 25 million dollars.
Recently, I came across the following video browsing around YouTube.
I don’t think I need to explain why this video itself is problematic. Not only does it blatantly play on stereotypes of Asian women, but the “advice” it gives is very clearly designed for one creepy, older and fetish hungry group of guys. The YouTube channel features tons of similar videos, all of which are designed to set Asian women back to being the obedient and submissive objects of centuries past.
A white male who claims to have “yellow fever” posted a cringeworthy ad on Craigslist Sydney that paints a very problematic picture of how some people view Asians as romantic prospects.
The ad’s title, which reeks of white privilege, states, “Fit white married man with “yellow fever” for Asian woman…steal me! – m4w (Sydney)”
The link of the deplorable advertisement was recently posted on the subreddit /hapas by Reddit user Candle21, who called it as it is: a blatant attempt to lure the particular segment of Asian women who may still be worshiping white males.