In movies, television and media, this stereotypical representation of Asian women is of them being seen as objects rather than humans.Continuous exhibition of such in mainstream media has led to the idea of the "Asian fetish". Butterfly, the writer David Henry Hwang, using the term "yellow fever", a pun on the disease of the same name, discusses white men with a "fetish" for (east) Asian women.For Asians, the gender pattern goes in the opposite direction: Asian women are much more likely than Asian men to marry someone of a different race.

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The overall numbers mask significant gender gaps within some racial groups.

Among blacks, men are much more likely than women to marry someone of a different race.

American Indians have the highest interracial marriage rate among all single-race groups.

Women are slightly more likely to “marry out” than men in this group: 61% of American Indian female newlyweds married outside their race, compared with 54% of American Indian male newlyweds.

The term "yellow fever" describes someone who is inflicted with a disease, meaning that someone with an Asian fetish has a sickness.

Hwang argues that this phenomenon is caused by stereotyping of Asians in Western society.

, which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in 16 states.

Interracial marriages have increased steadily since then.

In a two-year study on dating preferences among 400 Columbia University students, researchers did not find evidence of a general preference among white men for Asian women.