In a speed-dating study conducted at Columbia University in , Asian men also had the most difficulty getting a second date. My parents grew up financially unstable in China. They look back at it and laugh now, but my mother recalls having to share one bowl of rice for dinner with all her siblings. Whenever the rice got too low in the bowl, they would add water to make the illusion that there was more food. Everything I want, I get on my own. Like my mother, I am resilient and I am a go-getter.
The wonderful Dr. Donia Gobar and I are representing Afghanistan in this excellent anthology. What an honor to be included among such talented women and such important stories. Thank you Sukrita! There will definitely be an even to celebrate the publication of this very soon. This anthology of stories and poems challenges the stereotypical image of women, particularly Asian women, as passive and submissive.
An Asian fetish is an obsession with or objectification of Asian people, culture, or things of Asian origin by those of non-Asian descent, especially when it is related to stereotyping. It applies to the enthusiasms experienced by some non-Asian people for such things as Asian cinema ,  tattoos made up of Chinese characters  or the adoption of Asian children, especially to the exclusion or diminishment of other cultures. Non-Asian men who predominantly or exclusively date Asian women are referred to as "men with an Asian fetish" by some Asian-American women.
Throughout my childhood, I lived with a sense of not belonging. My Chinese immigrant parents raised me to not stand out too much. They encouraged me to study hard, work diligently, and not draw too much attention to myself. Asian culture is collective in nature, which suited my personality and temperament, but not American culture.