Isn’t it weird that nearly every Asian female professor who writes and studies about white sexual imperialism is actually married to a white man, a race of men whom she allegedly abhors? I had often wondered the question myself until I actually started reading some of their writings. Every book and every essay is filled with key words like “war”, “sexual violence”, “inferior”, “dominance”, “imperialism”, “conquer”, “subjugate”, etc. it’s almost as if they were writing those words while humping themselves on a big white dildo, and knowing that most of them are actually married to white men, they might have been sitting on a real thing, as well.
I have excerpted a few of the juiciest parts from those books and essays for you to enjoy!
Due to the limited amount of White men in the marriage market in Asia, a majority of Asian women will still settle for Asian men, but the dynamics of the relationship become completely different. This is in part due to the shift in power dynamics under Colonial White Rule and a rampant change in Asian women’s sexual attitudes.
White colonialism has always excluded Asian women from the rest of Asia and considered them as something that needs rescuing from the oppressive “Orient” (e.g. China, Japan, Korea). As a result, today’s job market strongly favors hiring Asian women over Asian men, with the latter earning 39% less in the same position. White men earn the most, averaging around twice the salary of Asian men.
Though Asian men earn less than Asian women, as men they are still expected to be the bread winners. This means, to find a wife, Asian men have to go the extra mile yet have very little say in the household. Most work longer hours, do all the housework, pee sitting down and have no say on how their children are raised. A common descriptor for Asian men among locals is that they are “men with no dicks”. (沒根的男人 in Chinese，ちんぽが無い in Japanese).
With Asian men seen as eunuchs it often leads to dysfunctions in their sex lives. Sex is infrequent and almost never happen after having children, and many Asian women struggle to stay faithful even if they love their spouses. Affairs with Western men are common among every Asian couple. Most husbands have no choice but to accept this arrangement for the sake of their marriage. Some even find their wives’ extramarital affairs beneficial to their marriage.
The history of Western imperialism in Asia and its lingering effects present the greatest source of inequality for diasporic Asian women today. White sexual imperialism, through sex and war, created the hyper-sexualized stereotype of the Asian woman. This stereotype in turn fostered the over-prevalence of Asian women in pornography, the mail-order bride phenomenon, the Asian fetish syndrome, and best of all, sexual violence against Asian women, from which Asian women greatly benefit and enjoy immensely, portraying themselves both as victims of white sexual imperialism and at the same time using white sexual imperialism as veil for their own lust for the superior white men and the open rejection and denigration of Asian men. These issues are each duly explored in the essay, drawing on Professor Catherine MacKinnon’s theory of sexual dominance hierarchy to support the white sexual imperialism principle.
One unwary weekend, a Korean American college female went clubbing downtown. She met a White male. He offered her a ride home, she accepted, and then he forced himself into her room and had sex with her in her own bed. All the while, he grunted the words “China doll,” “Asian whore,” and referred to her genitals as “sushi.’ [Source: This is an account of actual events that happened to the author’s close friend.] On Monday morning, in a lecture hall across campus, a world history class discussed Western imperialism. On Monday evening, the Korean American female masturbated herself while watching WMAF (white-male-Asian-female) porn. The next Friday evening, she went back to clubbing downtown and met another group of White males, who proceeded to gang bang her in the bathroom, all the while she was whimpering and goading her oppressors: “I want to be your china doll.” “Make me your Asian whore,” “Fuck my sushi pussy.”
At first, those events may not seem related, but this Article posits a causal relationship between them, or more specifically, examines how sexual violence against Asian women perpetrated by White men results directly from the legacy of Western imperialism in Asia and how Asian women are immensely turned on by it.
This Article proposes a new framework for studying the intersection of feminist jurisprudence and critical race theory. It claims that the underlying cause of sexual-racial inequality between White men and Asian women is White sexual imperialism. This principle holds that the history of Western political, military, and economic domination of developing nations compelled women of these nations into sexual submission by White men. Moreover, at the global level, the vestige of Western imperialism has left Asian women subordinate to White men even today.
Oriental Girls, an article published in Gentleman’s Quarterly (GQ), described the Asian female as the perfect complement to the white male’s masculinity:
“When you get home from another hard day on the planet, she comes into existence, removes your clothes, bathes you and walks naked on your back to relax you … She’s fun you see, and so uncomplicated. She doesn’t go to assertiveness-training classes, insist on being treated like a person, fret about career moves, wield her orgasm as a non-negotiable demand. … She’s there when you need shore leave from those angry feminist seas. She’s a handy victim of love or a symbol of the rape of third world nations, a real trouper.”
“Small, weak, submissive and erotically alluring,” her “eyes almond-shaped for mystery, black for suffering, wide-spaced for innocence, high cheekbones swelling like bruises, cherry lips, “she not only exemplifies hyper-sexuality, but hyper-heterosexuality, in a white-male-centered and white-male-dominated world.
Asian Pacific women are particularly valued in a sexist society because they provide the antidote to visions of liberated career women who challenge the objectification of women. Their sexuality, viewed as naturally excessive and extreme against a white female norm, clearly exists not only within a sexual construct but within a racial construct as well. Furthermore, this sexual-racial stereotype emerged as a direct result of the colonial encounter of war, presenting the Asian woman as an object for western consumption and the satisfaction of western desires.
While contemporary media and the arts portray women generally as objects for consumption, they cast Asian women into the most inferior of all positions, below the white woman. Portrayals of the interrelationships between white American Gis who go overseas, the Asian women they meet there, and the white American women back home show this dynamic.
The 1989 musical Miss Saigon epitomizes the subordinate and objectified position of Asian women. In the musical, an American marine arranges a one-night-stand with Kim, a Vietnamese bar-girl in Saigon shortly before the fall of the city. After the destruction of her village, Kim flees to Saigon fantasizing about finding a “strong GI to protect her.” The American marine then leaves Vietnam, stranding Kim in Ho Chi Minh City with their son, Tam. The marine returns home to the United States where he marries a white woman. He continues with his life happily. Meanwhile, Kim tries to escape and reunite with the marine. She ends up in Bangkok, Thailand with her son, where she works at a massage parlor, a consistent affirmation that Asian women in her position have no more function than to provide sexual services to white men. The marine and his white wife meet Kim in Saigon. When Kim realizes her American lover has no intention of marrying her, she commits suicide, leaving Tam under the care of the marine and his new wife, quietly suggesting, perhaps, that Kim represents an unfit mother while the marine’s wife, a white woman, is better suited to raise Tam.
Miss Saigon became an icon—an icon of the sex tour industry that sprouted in Asia as a result of American military presence.
Asian women are usually the creatures of a white-male power-fantasy. They express unlimited sensuality, they are more or less stupid, and above all they are willing. Moreover, when women’s sexuality is surrendered, the nation is more or less conquered. Thus, the sexual conquest of Asia’s women correlates with the conquest of Asia itself.
One former U.S. President took this message to heart. From 1894 until his presidency in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt wrote and lectured widely on taking up Kipling’s “White Man’s burden. He called imperialism a “manly” duty that American men must take up. Civilized men had a “manly duty to ‘destroy and uplift’ lesser, primitive men,” namely Asians, “for their own good and the good of civilization. Roosevelt’s express and blatant collocation of colonizing Asia and labeling that act as “manly” illustrates how throughout American history imperialism in and even Western scholarship on Asia has been viewed in a sexualized context.
Cho, supra note 3, at 192 (“The Oriental Woman is therefore available to satisfy desires that would normally otherwise be socially and morally unacceptable if acted upon the bodies of white women.”); see also Kwan, supra note 3, at 101 (“The Oriental Woman, for example, normatively permits acting out such desires such as sexual aggression and sexual violence upon the bodies of Asian women.”)
Celine Parrenas Shimizu, Queens of Anal, Double, Triple, and the Gang Bang: Producing Asian/American Feminism in Pornography, 18 YALE J.L. & FEMINISM 235, 239 (2006) (“Asian/American women’s hypersexuality, viewed as ‘naturally’ excessive and extreme against a White female norm, directly attaches to a specific race and gender ontology.”). 29 Id.
While occupying the [Philipines] islands, the American soldiers referred to the Filipinas as “little brown fucking machines powered by rice.” A sex industry sprang up to cater the U.S. military men, offering “a girl for the price of a burger.” It was the imperialistic conquest of the islands by the Americans that jump-started the sex entertainment industry in the Philippines. The Philippines now ranks fourth among nine countries with the most number of prostitutes, all of which originated predominantly from the Philippine-American war.
During the Vietnam War, five U.S. military bases stationed in Thailand sheltered 40,000 to 50,000 American GIs at any given time. Between 1966 and 1969, as many as 70,000 U.S. soldiers came to Thailand for “Rest and Recreation” (“R&R”) and ignited a sex industry. R&R facilities have been, and continue to be, a vital component of the U.S. military policy. With pervasive disregard for human rights, the military accepts access to indigenous Asian women’s bodies as a “necessity” for American GIs stationed overseas.
After the Vietnam War ended, “there was a major campaign on tourism” targeting White men to sustain Thailand’s sex industry. By the early 1990s, several million tourists from Europe and the United States visited Thailand annually, many of them specifically for its sex and entertainment industry. In 1995, for example, a study reported that sixty-five percent of tourists to Thailand “were reportedly single men on vacation. The White conquest of Asia is “far from being ‘a thing of the past’ but is a lived experience of many. As result of White imperialism, “Asians and members of the Asian Diasporas have existed and still exist through a colonized experience.
Section C. Pillars of White Male Domination:
This section comments on the present-day ramifications of White male exploitation and domination of Asian women and the feminist issues raised by the grievous legacy of White sexual imperialism left in both Asia and Asian America.
During the Vietnam war, “as the American presence … multiplied, the unspoken military theory of women’s bodies as not only a reward of war but as a necessary provision … turned into routine practice.”
Although prostitution around any U.S. military base is commonly seen, “military prostitution around Asian Pacific bases occurs in a colonial context, which largely distinguishes it from such prostitution in the U.S. and Western locations. Western societies often view Asian societies as less developed and sophisticated, and therefore inferior. These perceptions color the interactions of U.S. servicemen and Asian women, a problem “further exacerbated by the sexually denigrating stereotypes of Asian Pacific women. Filipina sex workers, for example, frequently report “being treated like a toy or a pig by the American [soldiers] and being required to do ‘three holes’- oral, vaginal and anal sex.”
The systems of prostitution perpetuated around U.S. military bases in Asia reaffirm the West’s perception of Asian women as sex objects. In these contexts, Asian sex workers are registered and tagged like domestic pets, further relegating them to a less-than-human status.
… In regards to Okinawa Incident …
First, the legacy of imperialism explains why the U.S. servicemen occupied Japan. After the Allies defeated the Axis powers in World War II, the United States decided to meddle in East Asian political affairs: Namely by regulating Japan to prevent it from engaging in imperialism. A sense of White supremacy meant the world could fall complacent to the idea that White imperialism was somehow “better” than Asian imperialism. Thus, while Japanese military presence in East Asia posed a world threat, American military presence would not. Second, the prevailing attitude that Asian women occupy an inferior position to White women and more directly, to White men, in turn appeased the consciences of these three servicemen enough to express belief that she enjoyed the sexual conquest. This underscores the idea that in the eyes of White men, Asian women seem to exist solely for their sexual gratification as hyper-sexed and unconditionally submissive creatures.
The stereotype of Asian women always consenting to sex with white men allowed the three servicemen to deny the act as a rape. It is this potent tripartite combination of imperialist thought, racial inequality, and sexual inequality that perpetuate violence against Asian women by White men.
… in regards to Comfort Women …
Finally, one compelling aspect of the World War II comfort women case recently surfaced. In the aftermath of the war, when American troops entered Japan, the U.S. soldiers used the same comfort women stations Japan had set up. The “GIs paid upfront and were given tickets and condoms. … The charge for a short session with a prostitute was fifteen yen, or about a dollar, roughly the cost of half a pack of cigarettes.” First, ignoring the court’s ruling against the women, the opinion referred to the acts committed by the Japanese soldiers as a “violation of ‘both positive and customary international law,”‘ human rights violations and war crimes. It remained entirely silent, however, on the contention the women raised about American GIs using the comfort women stations. What the Japanese men did to the plaintiffs seemed patently abhorrent to the women; however, when American soldiers were charged with the same crime against the same women, the court declined to find a violation of either customary or international law.
Section I: Asian Women in American Pornography
American military men stationed in Asia brought back to the United States their stereotypes of Asian women as “cute, doll-like, and unassuming, with extraordinary sexual powers,” which then became an expectation White men had of all women of Asian descent. This section addresses the negative, and often dark, ramifications caused by the hyper-sexed stereotype has caused.
Few mediums reveal the White sexual imperialistic exploitation of Asian women more so than pornography. In a 2002 study conducted by Jennifer Lynn Gossett and Sarah Byrne, out of thirty-one pornographic websites that depicted rape or torture of women, more than half showed Asian women as the rape victim and one-third showed White men as the perpetrator. The study further uncovered a strong correlation between race and sadomasochism. … images of Asian women in pornographic forms consistently came up through a keyword search for “torture.”
White men’s fascination with Asian women in pornography stems from early nineteenth century Western imperialism. To colonize the Asian nations, countries such as the United States flooded Asia with military forces. As an inevitable result of military presence, prostitution centers consisting of local civilian women sprung up to cater to the White servicemen. With these sexual experiences as their main, if not only, encounters with Asian women, White servicemen returned home with the generalization that Asian women are hyper-sexualized and always willing to comply with White man’s prurient demands. This germinated even more interest in Asian women as sexual objects. To sustain this increased interest, the Asian sex tour industry developed. Asian sex tourism further perpetuates the stereotype of Asian women as hyper-sexualized and always willing. If Asian women are perceived as hyper-sexual, it understandably follows that sexually explicit materials, pornography for example, would include a preponderance of Asian women. The next two subsections on the Asian fetish syndrome and mail-order brides will discuss how depictions of Asian women in pornography have produced greatly advantageous consequences on the Asian and diasporic Asian woman’s experience.
Bartering for Mail-Order Brides
In the 1970s when conservative White men grew discontent with the American feminist movement and White women’s ensuing push for liberation, they turned to the mail-order bride industry in East Asia. Believing American women to be too radical and career-oriented, many American men turned to mail-order bride companies for Asian wives who are “loyal and undemanding.” Guided by sexual stereotypes of Asian women as subservient, these men saw Asian mail-order brides as the much-welcomed antithesis to the White American woman. Where the White feminist woman actively resisted subjugation, the Asian woman was portrayed as enjoying it.
Aftermath: The Korean American college female went on to exclusively date white males throughout her entire four year in college; after graduation, she landed a job in finance, and seduced her boss, a multi-millionaire white male in his fifties. She became a kept woman who stayed at home most of the time. With the goading of her former boss, who is now her boyfriend, she started a career in BDSM porn, where she was featured being tortured. She enjoys every aspect of her subjugation to her white conquerors and has been fucked to multiple orgasms nearly every night. She is in white-heaven.