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Forgot Your Password? Not ed up? Asian American women understand that the alleged murderer of eight people in Atlanta was acting in keeping with a culture filled with racialized and sexualized views of Asian women.
Of the people murdered, four women were of Korean descent and two of Chinese heritage. Long sought to eliminate the objects of his sexual temptations, Asian women. In doing so, he drew on the U. Harmful stereotypes of Asian women in American popular culture date back to at least the 19th century.
Back then, American missionaries and military personnel in Asia viewed the women they met there as exotic and submissive. These stereotypes influenced the first U. The official assumption was that, unless proven otherwise, Chinese women seeking to enter the United States lacked moral character and engaged in prostitution. But in fact, many were wives seeking to reunite with husbands who had already come to the U. Around the same time, Chinese women in San Francisco were scapegoated by local public health officials.
Officials cited fears they would spread sexually transmitted diseases to white men, who would spread it to their wives in turn. In the midth century, U. The GIs restricted interactions with the larger Asian population meant that they primarily met Asian women who worked on or near the military bases, typically service workers who cleaned or cooked on base or sex workers from surrounding communities.
Some soldiers married Asian women and brought them home as war brides, while others primarily viewed Asian women as sexual objects. Both approaches perpetuated stereotypes of Asian women as sexually submissive, either as ideal wives or exotic prostitutes. These stereotypes are evident throughout U. In online digital pornography, Asian women are disproportionately presented as victims of rape, compared to white women or women of other racial backgrounds.
Asian American feminist and activist Helen Zia argued there is a connection between the portrayals of Asian women in pornography and violence against Asian American women in real life. Sociologist Rosalind Chou describes how in , a group of white men kidnapped five Japanese exchange students in Spokane, Washington, to fulfill their sexual fantasies of Asian female bondage, a subgenre of pornography.
Sexual attacks targeting Asian American women are more likely to come from non-Asians. Though most attacks on white or Black women come from men of the same ethnic background, Asian American women — and Native American women — are more likely to be sexually assaulted by males of a different ethnicity. The most recent high-profile example of this dynamic is the rape of a woman by white Stanford athlete Brock Turner.
Not until did the woman, Chanel Miller, reveal her real name and her identity as an Asian American women. The group has found that Asian women report hate incidents 2. Asian women are not the only targets of racial and sexual violence. All non-white women faces greater risk of these perils than white women. As a mixed-race South Asian and Black woman, Harris is not exempt from this culture that racializes and sexualizes Asian women and all women of color.
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