Phoenix News Weighs in on Why so Few White Women Date Chinese Men – and It’s Awful | Speaking of China

Phoenix News Weighs in on Why so Few White Women Date Chinese Men – and It’s Awful

Many of us have wondered why it is you see so many white men with Chinese women, and not white women with Chinese men. Call it the AMWF question if you will.

But if we’re going to talk about this, you’d hope for an insightful conversation.

And “insightful” is not how I would describe this piece from Phoenix News, the Chinese media outlet owned by Rupert Murdoch. Maybe we shouldn’t have expected much, given that Phoenix owes its existence to the same man who created Fox News.

The following is my English translation of the the original piece in Chinese, which is rife with overgeneralizations, stereotypes and worse:

In life, sometimes we across some beautiful mixed-race babies. Thick eyebrows. Big eyes. There are some whose hair is even golden.

Their mothers are usually Chinese and the fathers are foreigners.

For a minority of these babies, the fathers are Chinese and the mothers are foreigners, but this is also true a tiny fraction of the time.

Why is it that there are so few foreign women who look for Chinese men? In this case, the foreign women we speak of normally are white European American women.

Among Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea, there are quite a few women who want to marry Chinese men. Add to that in recent years the fact that rural Chinese men getting mail-order brides from Vietnam is a common occurrence.

So why is it that so few white European American women will go for Chinese men?

Originally, in current Chinese society, even though there is already equality between men and women, there are always some men who still have a certain male chauvinism and don’t respect women.

But the vast majority of foreign women are more independent, so [relationships between foreign women and Chinese men] are destined not to happen.

In addition, Chinese men are often quite reserved. Many Chinese men are quite low-key and conservative when it comes to relationships. They believe only dull [expressions] are genuine.

But almost all foreign women prefer a romantic and exciting life.

Our culture and ways of thinking are different, so naturally foreign women and Chinese men cannot live together.

Besides all of this, the aesthetic sensibilities of foreign women are different from Chinese women.

With all the blue-eyed and blonde men with tall noses that they’re accustomed to in their surroundings, when these foreign women suddenly look upon the typical Asian faces of Chinese men, it’s unavoidable that there will be some who are blind to these faces.

Plus, the average build of Chinese men doesn’t appear nearly as strong as that of foreign men, who have eaten beef since they were young. And foreign women care more about a man’s healthy physique.

So they will rarely choose to marry Chinese men.

In addition, there are issues in terms of religion and beliefs as well as living habits, but these reasons are not that important.

After all, love knows no borders.

You know, you’ve got to hand it to Phoenix for ending the piece on such a conciliatory note – as if “love knows no borders” could somehow excuse the rest of this piece that’s far beyond cringeworthy.

Phoenix News, do us all a favor and stop writing about why so few white women date Chinese men. Please.

Meanwhile, while my thoughts are not the last word on the rarity of AMWF couples, if you are interested you might enjoy On the Rarity of Foreign Women and Chinese Boyfriends/Chinese Husbands and Why Won’t Western Women Date Chinese Men?

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28 Responses

  1. Svetlana
    Svetlana January 23, 2018 at 7:15 am | | Reply

    Wow, nothing but stereotypes. So how come according to the article, are white men and Asian women so prolific? Or why are they considered suitable? Fun fact, Rupert Murdoch is married to a Chinese woman.

  2. amy
    amy January 23, 2018 at 9:47 am | | Reply

    In Japan, it is the same sort of feeling.

  3. Robin Wu
    Robin Wu January 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm | | Reply

    Any news outlet in Chinese clothes but owned by a non Chinese person would always spread something like this. Shanghaiist dotcom is a similar one. My question is why did they do that? They can easily land on average Chinese girls and not the other way around.

  4. Jenna Cody
    Jenna Cody January 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm | | Reply

    Half of this doesn’t even make sense.

    “in current Chinese society, even though there is already equality between men and women, there are always some men who still have a certain male chauvinism and don’t respect women.”

    Um…if there are “always some men who still have a certain male chauvinism and don’t respect women”, then there is NOT equality between men and women in Chinese society. I mean, the two concepts can’t coexist. Either there is equality, in which case the second statement is false, or the second statement is true, and there is not equality.

    This isn’t just true of China, of course, it’s a global issue. I see it in the country of my birth (the US) and the country where I live (Taiwan).

    And the rest of it is basically garbage.

    There are some culture barriers that can be difficult to overcome, but the across-the-board stereotypes that all Chinese men exemplify those stereotypes (or that all foreign women do) is ridiculous.

    The assumption that white male (“blond haired and blue eyed”) faces are automatically more handsome than Asian ones alone sinks the whole piece. Ridiculous. I met the person who I feel is the most charismatically attractive man alive* on Saturday and he is Asian! I have a HUGE crush on him and have had for ages!**

    *I mean obviously I think my husband is more handsome, but in terms of having a magnetic charisma…well, my husband is a low-key guy. I like that and even prefer it, but I’m just talking about a different sort of attractiveness.

    **My husband is well aware of the crush and thinks it’s funny in the way any celebrity crush (the guy is pretty famous) is funny and not threatening.

  5. Johnathan
    Johnathan January 24, 2018 at 9:42 am | | Reply

    The reason is multi billion dollar propaganda machine known as Hollywood. They have brainwashed white women (and other races of women) since birth. Stereotypes and racism ran rampant against Asian men in television for nearly 100 years

    This is the best summary I can find


  6. ManilaMemories
    ManilaMemories January 25, 2018 at 12:24 am | | Reply

    As a Philippine-American who can pass for “Chinese,” “Japanese,” and even “Korean,” I do not find the above article particularly troubling. Not in the least. Sure, it might be rife with inaccuracies, but that has no bearing on me as an individual nor do I believe that being Asian/Filipino/or looking “Chinese” has adversely affected my ability to date. But my “ordinary” looks, a relatively “short” physical stature, and especially a general “lack of interest,” most definitely, at least in my view! And seriously, folks, does anyone here really expect the average Chinese journalist to think and write like American political leftists on matters of interracial relationships? In fact, it appears more likely that the piece merely reflects the conventional thinking among its readership, while being completely irrelevant to their daily lives.

  7. David
    David January 25, 2018 at 5:15 am | | Reply

    Particularly in AZ, they do not mention that. These white women wont date any non-white men. Why? Look at their congressional reps..Joe Arpaio, Kerri White, Martha McSally, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and Jan Brewer, all white supremacists only to name a few. McSally has a bill to cut immigration to the US by 25%. That is only the first step. Eventually their goal is to make it difficult for spouses of US citizens to migrate..particularly if it is a white female-Asian male couple. Kerri White and Martha McSally will be leading the charge along with Joe Arpaio!

    1. ManilaMemories
      ManilaMemories January 27, 2018 at 4:02 am | | Reply

      Uh, “David,” I hope you realize that Phoenix News has nothing to do with Phoenix, AZ or the state, in general….And labeling certain people you disagree with, as “white supremacists” further reduces the credibility of your views. Incidentally, I did a little background research on this media entity and found that they generally serve the Chinese community at home and abroad, and given the fact that whatever they broadcast or publish has to go through Chinese government censorship, it is clear that media censors there have no issue with the opinions expressed regarding Chinese male and White female dating. Neither do I, by the way. And in all likelihood, Rupert Murdoch is not even aware of this or do you not know how many firms fall under his control? Do you think he actually keeps tabs on all the news broadcast and published by his companies?

  8. BRUCE
    BRUCE January 26, 2018 at 8:06 am | | Reply

    Hello all,

    Now you guys understand how this kind of propaganda will mislead the world . Whoever controls the media, will try to influence your vote or rewrite history. Don’t believe all of this BS. Asian men can train hard and look great. Look at me now! hahahaah lol.

  9. David
    David January 27, 2018 at 12:05 am | | Reply
    1. Jesterleigh
      Jesterleigh February 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm | | Reply

      It’s interesting that, with the exception of the dedicated white supremacists, white men don’t seem to have a problem with “their” women dating black men or men of any other race/ethnicity. But when it comes to Asian men, there seems to be a visceral resentment against them being with white women. I wonder why…

      1. BRUCE
        BRUCE February 2, 2018 at 4:14 am | | Reply

        Maybe other men of other race / ethnicity are more violent lol. White men are afraid of riot .

  10. BRUCE
    BRUCE January 28, 2018 at 11:54 pm | | Reply


    How do you know it’s me ? Maybe it’s the other ” BRUCE” lol. The article above is so funny though :). They use the same stereotypes for decades already. Our ideas and ways of life are changing constantly. Of course, a boring , skinny, weak asian man can blossom into an exciting, outspoken, masculine and muscular guy anyday. Our schedules and job depend so much from us that we feel so numb at the end of the day. The bottom line is we all want to look and feel attractive. It’s human nature. For example, if i can’t go to the gym because of lack of time, I bring the gym to me. You have to know that the media is controlled by interested groups. They will try to influence you on your thoughts and I think you guys know who are those special interested groups.

  11. BRUCE
    BRUCE January 29, 2018 at 12:33 am | | Reply

    You know all I see here is that Chinese / asian men are being compared with other men all the time and put down each other . How can you compare humans like this without knowing their personalities ? Well, asian men age better though . We look 10-15 yrs younger than our age on avg. Our financial statements look much better than avg men. We believe in families , marriage and having loving, supportive families. Our divorce rates are lower. Our avg incomes are much higher than others. we don’t go into debts like most people. I know that having a weak body can be fixed and I’m proof of that . Freaking it’s always romance and excitements I hear! Well, after chasing a woman for a while and being married for a while , the romance and excitement diminished down to zero. That’s why foreign women or any women need to realize that you also need to tell what you like and what you expect . Knowing that not all men are romantic and exciting , you can build something out of nothing. We’re talking about serious dating here that will end up in a committed relationship. If you ‘re talking about hookups like in America and other western countries, then don’t expect men to give you excitement and romance.Hookups can last from a day to a few weeks. Men are very smart nowadays. Men don’t want to marry anymore hint hint. Why ? After divorce , we have to give you women half of our wealth. Most men are scared to get married.

  12. Charly
    Charly January 31, 2018 at 5:28 pm | | Reply

    I don’t know about other European countries, but in Romania pork is far more popular than beef [because it’s also cheaper, i believe?] Chicken and pork are the meats we eat the most. We also drink a lot of milk [or at least my family did and does].
    I find men with blond hair, blue eyes, tall noses to be rare and quite unattractive – hey, Prince Charming, i hope the dragon defeats you 😉 LOL. [or the princess can have you all she wants: we don’t care about you.]

    I think the main reason Western women don’t really date Asian men is because of their height – most women I heard talking about ideal man, would say ‘someone taller than them’.. American women are generally shorter i believe, than European women, so they shouldn’t have much issues in this regard.

    I know people in Romania are generally racist [i am a bit racist myself, but not against Asian nor Black people and I started to question the reasons why.. i think it’s because I saw my parents having a racist attitude, and i just copied them].. if others had a similar experience to mine, it’s no wonder they wouldn’t consider individuals of other races as their partners.. 🙁

    The more traditional roles in the Chinese [as well as other East Asian countries] can put Western women off from dating men from those cultures.

  13. EDWARD
    EDWARD February 13, 2018 at 1:26 pm | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn,

    What the article said is not true at all. I travel widely and I can tell you that more and more Asian men are marrying out. This is rising and rising fast. Previously, the main reason that people don’t see Asian men marrying to non-Asian women is because Asian men are the inheritors of the family lineage. Asian women are not. Because of that, we are expecting by our parents to continue the tradition of marrying wives from our races to perpetuate our family lineage. This has changed however giving the extra male population in East Asia such as in China and South Korea. As a result, many of us are marrying out with our parental approval. In addition, with the rise of China, more and more women around begin to take notice of the rising image of the Asian men as intelligent and higher income. This also leads to the rising interracial marriage between Asian men and non-Asian women.

    You can google on youtube videos by “Lenaaround” or “We the Kims” or “The Anna Marie” or “Cantonese Couple” or “Joanna 99” or “AKALoveStory” or “LaVieJollie” or “Taemin&Katie” or “Rice&Potato” or “Sery” or “Le Fleunox” or “Farina Jo”..etc.. There are many white girls and/or non-Asian girls marrying to us. I can also assure you that this is just the beginning. There will be more and more AMWF couples to come in the near future.

    JACK DING February 16, 2018 at 3:27 pm | | Reply

    @Charly Height is not the main reason In the big cities of northern China If you go to Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Ji’nan, Dalian, Shenyang Many high school students are higher than 180cm

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