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WHAT ARE THE MOST OBNOXIOUS STEREOTYPES ABOUT ASIAN WOMEN?

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[+] ballot by Felix

My wife (who happens to be Asian, but I'm not) and I were sitting around watching television a few nights ago, and there was some program or other with a really over-the-top Asian prostitute in it (complete with cheongsam silk dress with slit and stiletto heels). My wife just sort of fumed and said, "They have some weird ideas about Asian women in this country."

Yeah, well, she may have something there if you watch enough movies or television shows. Seems as if you see about the same thing about 95% of the time. So, what are the worst stereotypes about Asian ladies?

"Me so horny" prostitutes
Plotting "dragon lady" villains
All mail order brides
That they all do acrylic nails
Can't drive ten feet without crashing
that ping pong ball thing
Men like them dressed as Catholic school girls
Love scat
Like to be subserviant
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COMMENTS:
Everytime I walk past an Asian female in the street they always seem to stare at the ground when they walk past as if they are afraid of their own shadow. Mind you, it's mainly the F.O.B's. (Fresh Off the Boat) that do that. The Westernised ones seem pretty sociable.
I hate people using the term "Asian" so broadly. That could mean your wife is indian, indonesian, Arabic, Russian! Or indded, as I suspect you are referring to, Oriental.

You could hardly say that all European women are the same, and have the same stereotypes to contend with, so why do we lump an entire continent together under a light brown, faceless label?

Isnt this evidence of inherent racism in itself?

^ I know in England you refer to them as Oriental, but in America, Asians are refered to as the Orientals.
There are too many in the U.S. against almost every race and etnicity, but I am disturbed to always see the asian ones circulating. There is a Japanese exchange student in my chorus class named Hitomi and she is THE nicest, sweetest, most unselfish girl I know. And if anyone has got the nerve to slap some stupid joke on her, I'll be the first one to take them out.
More often than not, its embarrassing to live in the U.S.

Cherri

I hear you. The first time I came back from Japan I thought "wow, we (Westerns) are so rude and vulgar".

.That they are lousy drivers
.They just want to work in shops,curry houses, factories and as cleaners
.They want to be pregnant all the time
.

Felix, it's not just Asian women. US entertainment does that to all women. It was just an Asian women at that time.
King Alfred:

You have a point: Asia's a big place, and it includes many cultures and peoples. I think in the U.S. the more imprecise term "Asian" has been used to replace the now offensive "Oriental" to refer to those peoples from the "Pacific Rim" opposite North America. In other words, we mean hailing from Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, etc. and not generally the "Stans" or India when we say "Asian" in the States.

It's a sloppy use of the language, but it's how matters work in practice here...

"Felix, it's not just Asian women. US entertainment does that to all women. It was just an Asian women at that time."

This is also probably true to an extent as to having women used as sex objects or nice "scenery" for many television programs, but you don't see Western women portrayed in such restricted roles again and again. It would be as if everytime you saw a Scandinavian-looking blonde, she was a prostitute wearing a Dutch-girl dress and talking like the Swedish chef off the "Muppet Show."

Immaturity and bigotry still abound, it seems.

I'm often embarrassed by cavalier demeaning depictions on television, and by people (including on this site) who can barely speak one language yet feel qualified to mock someone else's speech who is not completely facile in English as a second language.

Playing the good girl, obey your parents. Not just sterotypes that come from the media, either. Sterotypes that come from the community. What is the big deal about say, owning a motorcyle, boxing, practicing martial arts, etc.
by aya [+]

Cathexis

Great point regarding mocking people's language skills. How rude. One time I was in Costa Rica and heard a women yelling at one of the hotel staff members saying "what's wrong with you? Can't you speak English?". Years later that still pisses me off. Where did she think she was anyway?

"Great point regarding mocking people's language skills." Anyone who does this should be dumped off in a random foreign country, where he or she doesn't speak the language, and left to pantomime their way around for a month or two. I've actually been in those circumstances, and it ain't any fun. That's why, if someone's making the effort to speak to me in English but they don't quite have it down yet, I'm fairly sympathetic. While I do think English should be the official language of the U.S., I realize everyone has a learning curve and deserves some understanding & encouragement--not redneck-style mockery or being ignored.


"Playing the good girl, obey your parents. Not just sterotypes that come from the media, either. Sterotypes that come from the community."

That's also a good point. Societal expectations can also be a straightjacket that makes you something you'd rather not be.

if that's how you perceive asian women, then hispanic women should be stereotyped, too.
some sh** that you say about asian women are not true and unfair. you act like you have no respect for them as humans. well, @#$% natalie holloway, because she's a f******* prostitute.
"some sh** that you say about asian women are not true and unfair. you act like you have no respect for them as humans. well, @#$% natalie holloway, because she's a f******* prostitute."

Uhh, you realize that the point of this ballot's to demonstrate the unfairness of those stereotypes, don't you?

I love Asian babes cause their so damn hot!




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