There has also been anti-Asian racism in America. ('anti' means against, 'pro' means for). In the late 1800s there was a law passed in the USA stopping Chinese people from immigrating to this country and there was also a 'gentleman's agreement' made between the governments of Japan and the USA limiting immigration of Japanese individuals.
Lately many people have been attacking the song "Asian Girlz" as being an example of this type of anti-Asian attitude. Yet, I just read an interview with the singer from the group that does the song, and I believe what he says. Basically he is saying that the song is a satire. A satire is a work of art that attacks something that the creator of the work of art feels is wrong or feels is a problem socially. For instance, Psy's song "Gangnam Style" was a satire (a 'parody' is the same thing) about people with a lot of money in Korea and how empty or meaningless their lives are.
So if Asian Girlz is a satire, what is it satirizing? It is a song making fun out of white guys who are attracted to Asian women. These guys usually 'objectify' Asian women - they treat Asian women like 'objects' and not people. These guys think Asian women are sexy and want Asian women as girlfriends for all the wrong reasons. Basically, the guys who are singing the song are singing the song as if they are stupid white guys who don't know anything about Asian culture but who feel as if Asian women are sexy.
Here's the video:
Here's an interview where the singer tries to explain why his band wrote the song (to be honest with you, I didn't think the song was funny or intelligent, and I don't like the music, but I don't think they were trying to be racist - I think they were trying to point out that many white guys have 'yellow fever'):
So the song is satirizing white guys who have yellow fever. What's yellow fever?
Here's a good chapter from my amazing book about New York City:
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Please look at the vocabulary words after this chapter and then try to read the chapter.
So I was sitting in a Starbucks with my Japanese friend Naoko and every two minutes I could see that someone was sending her text messages. So I said, "Naoko...you found an American guy who fell in love with you? That's great, your English is going to soar!" Naoko looked at me sadly and replied: "An American guy, yes. One of my teachers at my language school has yellow fever. He tries to go out with all the sexy, skinny (opposite of fat) Asian ladies. He's got quite a reputation at the school. He won't leave me alone and I don't know what to do."
Well, this was freaking Naoko out, so I gave the teacher's cell number to an American guy friend of mine and he placed a call to the horny teacher. I'm not exactly sure what he said, but the horny teacher seemed to stop being so horny - at least with Naoko. But back to what Naoko said: yellow fever. What the heck is yellow fever?
My language exchange partner totally has yellow fever. He’s a white guy and I’m teaching him Spanish and he’s helping me with my English. When we sit and chat in a Starbucks or other type of cafe he always checks out the cute Asian girls as they come in. So I guess he doesn’t think that I’m very sexy, which is good, because he’s fat. I’m glad he doesn’t like Spanish-speaking girls. Yes, let him keep looking at the cute Asian ladies. ^^
My fat native-speaking language exchange partner: I answered his ad on craigslist.org. He wants to learn Spanish and was looking to teach someone English. I need to stay sharp - I need really intensive English and I can get it with this guy and he doesn't hit on me because he has yellow fever. So we chat for an hour in English and then an hour in Spanish. That does the trick for both of us.
Naoko and some of my other Asian friends have mixed emotions about this. They are kind of proud that Asian ladies are so popular, but they also sense that there might be something wrong with a guy who just likes Asian women. Are the guys who like Asian ladies objectifying them? Yet, when I got here one of my first thoughts was, wow, people in New York City are kind of fat. Then I read this article in one of New York City’s really cheap and badly written tabloid newspapers. The article said that 35% of Latinos in New York City are obese. 28% of African Americans are obese. 24% of white people are obese. Asians weren’t mentioned, so I’m guessing not many of them are obese. I don’t think I’ve seen an obese Asian in Manhattan :P
Now, in regard to the statistics, we're talking obese here, not just fat.
Obese means dangerously fat. So if 35% of a population is obese, I'm not even sure what the numbers would be for just plain fat. But let me tell you, Americans are just kind of just plain fat. So you get all these skinny, cute Asian ladies walking around New York City, and they are like sex goddesses or something compared to all the fat ladies. The white guys who are used to looking at chunky ladies of all different races can't get enough of the seeeeeeeeeeeexy Asian ladies.
Why are they so sexy? Well, I think it's diet and I think it's basic cultural values. Even though I started to become a little chunkier here a little voice inside of me kept saying: stay skinny girl! Show some self-restraint. My Asian friends tell me the same thing. Now this is an issue among some Asians who say that they get skinnier in America and anticipate becoming fatter back in Taiwan, China, Korea or Japan. Their argument goes something like this: they really like Korean and Japanese food and just tolerate American food, so when they get back home they are going to eat more and get fatter. Maybe, but I have heard the other argument more often: the portions of food offered at American restaurants are huge and a lot of fried food is offered here.
Getting back to yellow fever. I have to be honest. It's not going to be politically correct to say this, but if you're a cute Asian lady in New York City, black and Latino guys are going to hit on you. Alot. Simple fact. "Hey Miss Wonderful..." That's what some black guy said to Naoko yesterday before he gave her his phone number. Ask any Asian lady. This has become a sociological FACT among Asian women. Deal with it. It's true. I won't lie about it.
I knew a girl who literally had to move from her neighborhood because 5 or 6 black and Latino guys would hit on her daily and she just got freaked out by the whole situation. If you don't like what I'm saying, then talk to the Black and Latino guys and tell them to stop it, because it actually kind of pisses me off. It's totally disrespectful and I think it shows a big chunk of racism among some guys of color. They see petite Asian women and they think they are cute and they think they have the right to interrupt their thoughts by hitting on them. Hello. That's not wrong? Do these guys hit on White and Black and Latina women? My language exchange partner told me they don't because these women would make a scene. So because Asian ladies tend to be polite, they get hit on. Maybe they need to start making a scene.
Definitions of terms
Actually, many years ago a singer named Randy Newman did a song called Short People. In this song he seems to be attacking short people. But, again, this was satire. Newman was pretending to be a very stupid person (in the song) who didn't like short people. So he was attacking people who don't like other people because of their appearance - he was not attacking short people.