My daughter and I were discussing a variety of subjects when the subject wandered to the way society treats women, especially Asian women in America. I’ve always known that Caucasian men are often quite attracted to Asian women but I never could figure out why. I also learned that social justice is more than legislating social equity. It’s about changing social attitudes towards social inequities.
My daughter set me straight by telling me that Caucasian men are at the top of the social ladder. This likely stems from the Christian evangelical missionary movement starting around the 1600 onwards with European nations going to other lands to spread Christianity often by force. The crusades in the Near East are a prime example of the Europeans trying to spread Christianity by force. This patriarchal culture extends to just about every aspect of western life and was and is prevalent in American. Until women’s suffrage gained women the right to vote in 1920 less than a century ago women, half our population, were consider mare property of their husbands. Today they are still not the equal of men but the gap is slowly closing.
Asians and other people of color are socially considered quite low on the social ladder. The Chinese Exclusion Act further lower Chinese social standing by restricting their rights when sizable numbers started immigrating to the US in the 1800’s. It was only repealed in 1943 during WWII because China was a close ally of the US. Socially Asians generally are lower on the social ladder than Caucasian women. That makes Asian women three steps lower in the social ladder than Caucasian men (Caucasian men at the top, Caucasian women one step lower, Asian men one step again lower, and Asian women at the very bottom rung). Caucasian men find Asian women especially attractive because they consider them culturally very submissive with physical features not that different from Caucasian women. In this country contemporary Caucasian women are slowly gaining parity with their male counterparts and are now only about a step below Caucasian men. But men want submissive women. Some Asian women feel that by marrying a Caucasian man it will raise them to a higher level on the social order. So this is often considered a mutually beneficial relationship. However not all male Caucasians like Asian women for this reason but many do and don’t even know why.
But an ever-increasing number of Asian women such as my daughter find this social outlook quite demeaning and a subject for social justice. In fact Asian women (sometimes refereed to as dragon women) are often very strong. Many American’s on the lower end of their particular social ladders are declaring equal rights and status in society, government offices, and jobs. The number of minorities high on their social ladder is relatively small and the number of minority women are even smaller. The number of college educated Asian women is higher than the general population yet they are often relegated to lower level jobs and political positions even in relationship to their racial male counterparts.
So for you Caucasian men out there who are looking for an Asian female companion, be forewarned. Find out where your perspective Asian date stands on this issue before asking her out. Even more importantly be aware of your own motives for preferring an Asian woman to a far more available Caucasian woman. Are you a chauvinistic male wanting a submissive partner?