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Posted: 2009-09-04
Categories: Political, Stars

When I came across Ying Chu’s piece while flipping through the September 2009 issue of Marie Claire today, I remembered that I had read a far superior blog entry from Jezebel.com about this very article a few days before. Among other things, the blogger talks about racial stereotypes that Chu brings up and perpetuates in her piece.

To give you an idea of how good the post was, my undying love for Weezer has been forever, irretrievably damaged thanks to the excerpt they pulled from Vickie Chang’s 2006 article “Yellow Fever” in the Village Voice. Rivers Cuomo, how could you? “El Scorcho” will never be the same to me anymore.

In fact, dude, because of that Jezebel post, I’m totally over geek chic guys with glasses who wear cardigans and like to cry into my collarbone. And no, electric blue does not flatter you. Just leave me alone. Seriously, take your fixie and pedal out of here. Maybe later when you are alone, you can take some sad and meaningful pictures on your SLR that symbolize our love cut short before its prime — maybe use something exotic like a crushed rosebud or maybe a dead kitty (just kidding, PETA people). Look, I think you should just go strum your guitar and fetishize your PBR while you gaze morosely out the window. Create some rain or fog if you can. It’s a nice effect. It’s like the world is crying with you.

sad rose

Uhh… anyway, I suppose in the circles I run in, and by circles I mean unglamorous community service based organizations, this topic is broached far more often than in most, but even viewing this article as Theory of Asian Trophy Wives 101, something about the article is too vitriolic, bitter, patronizing, and binary for my liking. The issue isn’t as simple as it would seem from the article. Nothing ever is. And seriously, this is new news? Here are a few snippets and the link so you can decide for yourself. So, what do you think?

ProjektNewSpeak Trophy Wife Picture

ProjektNewSpeak Trophy Wife Picture

The New Trophy Wives: Asian Women
Rupert Murdoch has one. So do financiers Vivi Nevo and Bruce Wasserstein. Why are the West’s most powerful men coupling up with younger Asian women?

Call it the Woody Allen Effect. When the venerable director scandalously left Mia Farrow for her adopted daughter, South Korean-born Soon-Yi Previn — 35 years his junior — he may as well have sent out a press release: Asian-girl fantasy trumps that of Hollywood royalty!…

Were these tycoons consciously courting Asian babes? Do any of them qualify for the unnerving “yellow fever” or “rice king” moniker? It’s unsavory to think so. But after two or three failed attempts at domestic bliss with women of like background and age, these heavy hitters sought out something different. Something they had likely fetishized.