The stereotyping plays itself out in the roles you see Chinese women playing in theatre, on TV or in films.
Take the 25th anniversary revival of Miss Saigon in the West End.
I’ve been left puzzled by the insensitivity, and the lack of awareness that such comments may cause offence.
A quick browse on the Internet for “yellow fever fetishes” brings up a host of websites, articles and videos, mostly from the US, that express humour, distaste and offence at the sexualised objectification of East Asian women, with some equating yellow fever to racism rooted in colonial ideas of power and submission.
Generally, most users on OKC — and by extension, other sites — “swipe left” on black women and Asian men the most.
No, not the disease you can pick up when travelling to certain countries.
As a Chinese, single woman in the UK - where I have rarely come across racism – my East Asian friends and I have encountered a fair share of men with telltale signs of yellow fever.
But it's subtle, and of course, few would admit to surfing online dating sites for Chinese women, yet when the only girls they date are Chinese, then the probabilities are in their favour.