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The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Asian American women understand that the alleged murderer of eight people in Atlanta was acting in keeping with a culture filled with racialized and sexualized views of Asian women.
Of the people murdered, four women were of Korean descent and two of Chinese heritage. Long sought to eliminate the objects of his sexual temptations, Asian women. In doing so, he drew on the U. Harmful stereotypes of Asian women in American popular culture date back to at least the 19th century. Back then, American missionaries and military personnel in Asia viewed the women they met there as exotic and submissive.
These stereotypes influenced the first U. The official assumption was that, unless proven otherwise, Chinese women seeking to enter the United States lacked moral character and were prostitutes. In fact, many were wives seeking to reunite with their husbands who had already come to the U. Around the same time, Chinese women in San Francisco also were scapegoated by local public health officials who feared they would spread sexually transmitted diseases to white men, who would then spread it to their wives.
In the midth century, U. Some soldiers married Asian women and brought them home as war brides , while others primarily viewed Asian women as sexual objects. Both approaches perpetuated stereotypes of Asian women as sexually submissive, either as ideal wives or sexually exotic prostitutes. These stereotypes are evident throughout U. In online digital pornography, Asian women are disproportionately presented as victims of rape , compared to white women or women of other racial backgrounds.
Asian American feminist and activist Helen Zia has argued that there is a connection between the portrayals of Asian women in pornography and violence against Asian American women. Rosalind Chou , a sociologist, describes how in , a group of white men kidnapped five Japanese female exchange students in Spokane, Washington, to fulfill their sexual fantasies of Asian female bondage, a subgenre of pornography. Sexual attacks targeting Asian American women are more likely to come from non-Asians. Though most attacks on white or Black women come from men of the same ethnic background, Asian American women — and Native American women — are more likely to be sexually assaulted by males of a different ethnicity.
The most recent high-profile example of this dynamic is the rape of a woman by white Stanford student Brock Turner. Not until did the woman, Chanel Miller, reveal her name and identity as an Asian American woman. The group has found that Asian women report hate incidents 2. Asian women are not the only targets of racial and sexual violence.
Any non-white woman has a greater risk of these perils than white women do. As a mixed-race South Asian and Black woman, Harris is not exempt from this culture that racializes and sexualizes Asian women and all women of color. None of us is. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Esther Song tears up as she attends a community rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence and racist attitudes, in Los Angeles in February A long history of stereotypes Harmful stereotypes of Asian women in American popular culture date back to at least the 19th century.Asian women that fuck wanted
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