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Vicky from OC Weekly answers critics

November 16th, 2006 . by Matt

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The guy on the bottom right is holding “making out in Korean”

Vicky has answered the critics, including Occidentalism, of her article on ‘Asiaphilia’.

Two weeks have passed since the publication of “Yellow Fever,” my story about smarmy men who date only those of Asian descent because they think we’d fulfill some kind of sexual fantasy involving bound feet, tea service and geishas.

Not every guy who dates Asians is like that. And no, I was not denouncing interracial dating or making sweeping generalizations about men who date only women of certain ethnicities.

Just. The. Creeps. Their fetish is my life.

Vicky rightly takes me to task for my erroneous speculation that she is a Korean American (by the way, empraptor 1, Matt 0).

My favorite appears on Occidentalism.org, where “Matt” provides an almost line-by-line analysis of the story. He begins by observing that I must be a Korean American because of my “stereotypical transplanted-to-America Korean girls’ first name (Vicky—how many Korean girls have you met using that name in English?) and the family name Chang, which is a fairly standard Korean family name. She also talks about booking clubs, and the customers of those are usually Korean.”

I’m Chinese American.

At least mine was the favorite. So when is our date, Vicky? (Joking! :))

She also has a run in with the ‘fighting 44s‘ calling her a ‘cracker chasing bitch’.

Go and read her response to the critics for yourself.


18 Responses to “Vicky from OC Weekly answers critics”

  1. comment number 1 by: smackout

    I reiterate that there are always certain bars/clubs etc where guys go looking for Asian girls, i spoke to some of my friends about this (Chinese Australian girls) and they told me they have never experienced this before, this leads me to conclude that Vicki is obviously frequenting places where that these “Asiaphiles” are hunting so she has noone to blame but herself…but on the other hand i think she likes the attention…my advice change where you hangout quite simple

  2. comment number 2 by: Two Cents

    Maybe we are just giving this lady too much attention, which is what she seems to crave.

  3. comment number 3 by: tomato

    What’s so wrong about whites having fetish for asian women? Like, who cares?

  4. comment number 4 by: James

    But Asian Americans did not universally like “Yellow Fever.” My favorite appears on Occidentalism.org, where “Matt” provides an almost line-by-line analysis of the story.

    She seems to be assuming that you are Asian American….

  5. comment number 5 by: kobecorey

    Vicky is like many Chinese/Korean/Japanese-Americans. Back home they’re staunchly Chinese-American or whatever, yet go into asia (which none of them ever seem to be able to do for long) and they become only “Americans” or whatever country they’re from. Confused about themselves, and so project that mindset onto the world. The major problem they seem to have is a paradox of being an asian in appearance, yet not in mind… and they can never seem to reconcile or get over this, hence their never-ending rancor towards those who strive to be (or God forbid, are) more “asian” than them, yet lack the “credentials” of an authentic appearance. (whitey in many cases)

    Older men preying on younger are not limited to old white men on asian, yet why do people like Vicky take the time to emphasize incidents like this?

    The thing is, the most basic thing about these yellow-fever-crying “western” asians is, when they look at someone, all they see is that person’s race – yet for those who have spent any time anywhere outside their own culture will know, things aren’t that simple – people never conform to these stereotypes (just as all asians are not like Vicky), nor are people exhibiting symptoms similar to “yellow-fever” restricted to any one country, as visitors to Roppongi in Tokyo or other similar places soon realize. Opinions like Vicky’s can be summed up easily as nothing more than confused individuals who know nothing beyond their own culture – which is fundamentally American – mixed with their confused ideas about race. As anyone, asian or otherwise, who has lived for any amount of time in asia will know, comments like Vicky’s are laughable at best, and potentially damaging at worst.

  6. comment number 6 by: Mooseman

    Hey matt…
    Listen I need help with something.
    Me and my friends are working on an independent translation of kenkanryu, but I don’t have any raws.
    Could you help at all?

  7. comment number 7 by: eli

    I’m not sure why you assumed her name implied Korean descent. Chinese would have been my first guess, Chang is way more common amongst Chinese Americans than Korean Americans. She had you pegged there, the speculation was silly and off base.

  8. comment number 8 by: shadkt

    I’m not interested in the whole issue, but one thing bothers me.
    The photos featuring Vicky and guys… it’s so narcisstic…
    At least that’s my impression. Eek.

    I agree with TwoCents. Why give her attention? She’s obviously done quite a hunt in searching the net for reactions to her article. 🙂

  9. comment number 9 by: YoshoMasaki

    I’m surprised you missed this point in the original article, Matt:

    Asian fetishism has a long history of being brushed off as a compliment, rather than offensive or bigoted. I’ve been told I ought to be flattered that so many non-Asian men “prefer” Asians and Asian American women. But the coalescing of an ethnicity into a whole, whether exotic, erotic, oversexed or virginal, is a real issue, collectively and individually.

    This is the only time she mentions Asian women as hypersexual objects. The rest of the time she is bending over backwards to show that the only image is one of ‘submissive, demure Geisha girls.’ How is it possible that Asian women are sexually commanding/powerful and at the same time weak? No compute, Vicky!

  10. comment number 10 by: terrible dan

    Yawn. She “responds” with half-hearted backtracking. It’s funny she says she wasn’t “making sweeping generalizations about men who date only women of certain ethnicities”. That’s partially accurate- she wasn’t making sweeping generalizations about men, just about white men. She ignored the fact that the Asian fetish is not confined to whites, suggesting her objection to it is couched more in negative feelings towards white men than anything else.

    Her arguments were rubbish anyways. I’ll accept that white guys date girls of Asian descent because of some colonial legacy the moment that guys start learning Hindi to meet chicks.

  11. comment number 11 by: smackout

    I’ll accept that white guys date girls of Asian descent because of some colonial legacy the moment that guys start learning Hindi to meet chicks.

    Funny you should say that coz one of my friends is an indiaphile and he is learning Hindi lol,,,,,,,

  12. comment number 12 by: Ryoske

    Mooseman Said:

    Me and my friends are working on an independent translation of kenkanryu, but I don’t have any raws.
    Could you help at all?

    You should be able to find some Japanese raws on Winny. There’s also the Korean scanlation here.

  13. comment number 13 by: Matt

    You should be able to find some Japanese raws on Winny. There’s also the Korean scanlation here.

    I also provided a link to the entire translation into Korean here. What language do you want to translate it into?

  14. comment number 14 by: Ryoske

    Actually, I found some raws of both Kenkanryu 1 & 2 here. Mooseman, how much have you done? As I wrote the English Wikipedia article on Kenkanryu, and am not a native English speaker myself, I would be very interested to see this in translation. Also, would there be any chance I could join your project?

    By the way, Kenkanryu, and the issue of the Wikipedia article’s vandalism, have become the subject of an Asian Studies project at the University of Auckland.

  15. comment number 15 by: Mooseman

    Sorry for the late response.
    I would be delighted to receive some help on this project. No progress has been made so far, due to my inability to find a translator, and of course my computer broke down for a short time. Thank you…

  16. comment number 16 by: Matt

    Sorry for the late response.
    I would be delighted to receive some help on this project. No progress has been made so far, due to my inability to find a translator, and of course my computer broke down for a short time. Thank you…

    What language do you want to translate it into?

  17. comment number 17 by: Mooseman

    english actually


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