Most commonly the term refers to a sexual obsession with Asian women experienced by some non-Asian men.
A fetish is something that is desired so heavily that it becomes an abnormal obsession.
Interracial relationships may occur for reasons distinct from race.
Asian fetishes have been criticised for treating the fetishized person as an object rather than an equal partner.
Asian fetish (also known as yellow fever) is an interest, obsession, or preference for Asian people, culture, or things of Asian origin by those of non-Asian descent.
It is a slang term that stems from sexual fetishism.
Since the start of immigration, Asian men and women have been negatively stereotyped in mass media.
These images elicit sexual fantasies for men who then believe them to be true, which helps to create the Asian Fetish.
They took data from "thousands of decisions made by more than 400 daters from Columbia University's various graduate and professional schools".
The doubt that targets of Asian fetish experience stems from feelings of depersonalization, which compound on the objectification Asian females already face as women, to create a further sort of objectification where Asian women feel like interchangeable objects.
As a result, the white man-Asian woman pairing was the most common form of interracial dating—but because of the women's neutrality, not the men's pronounced preference.
Men don't seem to discriminate based on race when it comes to dating. The study was carried out over two years and was conducted by economists Ray Fisman (lead researcher from Columbia University) and Emir Kamenica (University of Chicago), as well as psychologists Sheena Iyengar (Columbia University) and Itamar Simonson (Stanford University).