White men date Asian women because of imperialism, according to TikToker

TikToker @youngqim posted last week a video on how interracial relationships are rooted in imperialism, particularly white men who date Asian women.

WMAF: Young talks about the history and relationship of the U.S. with Asian immigrants in the video that has been viewed more than 358,000 times.

The video begins with a clip of @virtualflop. Text on the screen reads, "Writing my paper about how romantic relationships among yt [sic] males & Asian females would not be as common in society without U.S. involvements in wars." A sound accompanying this text states, "Interracial relationships are not natural." You're going to [sic] hate this one, but it doesn't matter to me.

Young begins to explain the historical context in which Asian women and white men have been compared. According to Young, American history has seen a lot of immigration from Asia restricted to men for most of its history. They didn't want Asians to start families in America. That is the biggest reason. This was the main reason the Chinese Exclusion Act of1882 was passed.

Young states. The War Brides Act of 1945 was the first act that allowed Asian women to immigrate to the United States. It allowed soldiers from other countries to bring their spouses, as well as adopted children.

He continues, saying that they could only get here if they were married with a white soldier from America. He said that only white men could allow women to escape the Japanese internment camps.

The video ends with him saying, White men have Asian fetishes as a result of American imperialism.

Pew Research found that 46% of Asians who were born in the U.S. in 2015 had a spouse of a different ethnicity or race. 36% of newly married Asian women in America were with a spouse from a different ethnicity or race.

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Reactions: TikTok users had many different reactions to this video.

One user thought Youngs theory wasn't necessarily true and wrote, "Not 100% accurate." Many Asian women married black soldiers. They can immigrate as long as they are married to an American soldier.

Another user shared his thoughts on the reality and stereotypes of mixed people: My father was stationed in Taiwan while he was serving in the military. He returned to the United States with his wife. My half-Asian friends all have military fathers.

A few commenters were critical of the sound used in the beginning clip. One wrote, 1) The whole sound is very problematic 2) This sound has high potential to be manipulated to seem like it supports prejudice against multiracial persons. Young responded, "I don't stand by the sound at any time, I was only referring the text."

One person noted that these are still happening by adding, "Just to add even though [sic] wars [right now], there are still American bases at S. Korea, Japan and the Philippines." These are all still happening.

Young was disagreed by one user, writing: Whoa, whoa! That's a huge jump. This is about 3/4 of a century ago. I'm not sure that I agree.

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