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Others claim that it’s a harmless preference on the basis of physical appearance, no different than a preference for blondes or girls with tattoos.

Unfortunately, neither of these answers is correct.

There is even a Tumblr blog that compiles messages from “creepy white guys with Asian fetishes.” Yellow fever was also depicted in Debbie Lum’s documentary, Seeking Asian Female, which takes a close look at relationships between white men and Asian women.

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In my life, I've often encountered a certain type of Western guy who was attracted to Asian women. I wanted to know why, so I set out to make a documentary.

What emerged five years later, after hundreds of hours of research, including interviews with men and women who posted ads for Asian women on sites like Craigslist and Asiafriendfinder, was "Seeking Asian Female", an eccentric, tender and at-times uncomfortable love story between a 60-year-old American man and his 30-year-old Chinese fiancée.

She believes that Western men are more accepting of this, yet conversely are thought to have poorer family values.

Still, Julia describes the high pressure in Asian societies for women to start families at younger ages than in the West. The myth that Asian women are more submissive rings true for those who have never actually dated an Asian woman.

I'm also creating a companion project, "They're All So Beautiful," an online video series and forum to discuss the nuances of race, romance and "yellow fever."Though the concept dates back centuries, dating Asian women, or, more accurately, the idea of dating Asian women, has officially gone mainstream.

While I spoke to a lot of aging white men, I also spoke with young hipsters, black men and Latinos who desire Asian women.

The more Asian girls I have dated, the more I realized that there are quite a few logical reasons, why I prefer them.

In the following lines I want to get to the bottom of the question: Why do white men like Asian women?

The term is most commonly ascribed to white men who seem to only ever date Asian women. According to data collected from online dating sites, all men except Asians prefer to romantically pursue Asian women.

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