The first thing to know about Asian women is that they are very diverse, so it’s important not to tokenize women into a single fetish category and find out more about what we are referring to when we talk about Asia.
When we talk about Asian women we are grouping the largest part of the world’s population on the entire continent of Asia.
That’s right; people from the continent of Asia are often conflated with people of Asian ethnicity.
Asia spans both Northern and Southern hemispheres and is split into sub-regions such as Central Asia, East Asia, North Asia, Southeast Asia, Southern Asia and Western Asia, which is more commonly known as the Middle East.
Most often people think about people from East Asia, such as China, Thailand, Japan, Cambodia, Taiwan and Viet-Nam, but Asia also includes, Burma, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Laos, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, India and Iran.
Asian women have a wide range of cultures, religions, customs and interests depending on the country and community they are from.
For the most part, they share in common a certain sense of modesty and dress much more conservatively than in Europe and the Americas.
Asia is characterized by many cultures and religions and across the continent, Asian women can subscribe to a variety of beliefs and customs all depending on where they are from.
Many places across Asia were colonized by the British Empire, so some elements of British and European culture are present, and of course with the influence of globalization many elements of American and European culture have permeated countries around the world.
Asian women from the Middle East may be from parts of countries where there is military conflict and can have experiences of war and violence.
They may be sensitive to aggressive behaviour, so if you are dating a woman from this part of the world, you may want to do your homework and find out more about the nature of the political conflicts and be sensitive to her needs as a result of any experiences of trauma.
Many women across parts of Asia wear the hijab, or other forms of veil or body covers.
This is typically connected with Islam, but does not necessarily indicate her faith or beliefs, as some women wear the veil for fashion or cultural reasons as well as for religious reasons.
Take the time to get to know her, and if you are dating an Asian woman from a country where the hijab is common, be respectful of her choices.
It is appropriate when getting to know her that you give her the time and space to get to know you better before expecting to see her without her veil.
When you are interested in dating Asian women, the first thing you need to keep in mind is to distinguish more specifically than simply ‘Asian women’.
Most women do not like to be tokenized, and Asian women are typically fetishized in pornography or the international global sex trade, so it is important to be sensitive to any experiences she may have of this, and be mindful not to treat her as a sexual object.
Most women do not appreciate this from men they are dating, but keep in mind that for Asian ladies, this can be a particularly sensitive cultural aspect.
There are many religions across Asia, so if you are dating Asian women, keep in mind not to make assumptions about a woman’s beliefs. She might subscribe to Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, or even Christianity, or be secular. Take the time to get to know her as a person, and find out about her beliefs under her religious faiths.
While it is less common for Asian women to work outside the home or be the head of a household in comparison with North America, there are also many women who work in the global manufacturing industries.
If you are dating Asian women, you may find one who has had experiences of international migration for work, which is common among younger women of reproductive age.
Finally, it is generally at a younger age that Asian women get married and have children.
Though there are more and more young Asian women who are employed outside the home and who focus on their careers, there are still many who are more traditional and marry very young, so the general dating age may be younger among Asian women.
Keep this in mind and be respectful of age differences when getting to know them. Their maturity is more developed as they begin to prepare for marriage, family life or career.
Asian women who migrate internationally are generally very well educated and will be wonderful to get to know. Enjoy her companionship as well as her beautiful spirit!
By Maria Helena Pacelli