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    The New Trophy Wives

    Rupert Murdoch has one. So do financiers Vivi Nevo and Bruce Wasserstein. Why are the West's most powerful men coupling up with younger Asian women?


    Call it the Woody Allen Effect. When the venerable director scandalously left Mia Farrow for her adopted daughter, South Korean-born Soon-Yi Previn — 35 years his junior — he may as well have sent out a press release: Asian-girl fantasy trumps that of Hollywood royalty!

    Not two years after they tied the knot, media baron Rupert Murdoch walked down the aisle with fresh-faced Wendi Deng — 17 days after finalizing his divorce from his second wife. Then, CBS head Leslie Moonves wed TV news anchor Julie Chen; Oscar winner Nicolas Cage married half-his-age third wife Alice Kim; billionaire George Soros coupled up with violinist Jennifer Chun; and producer Brian Grazer courted concert pianist Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen. Add the nuptials of investment magnate Bruce Wasserstein to fourth wife Angela Chao and the pending vows between venture capitalist Vivi Nevo and Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang, and we've got a curious cultural ripple.

    Were these tycoons consciously courting Asian babes? Do any of them qualify for the unnerving "yellow fever" or "rice king" moniker? It's unsavory to think so. But after two or three failed attempts at domestic bliss with women of like background and age, these heavy hitters sought out something different. Something they had likely fetishized.

    Enter the doll-faced Asian sylph on the arm of a silver-haired Western suit. (Hello, mail-order bride!) The excruciating colonial stereotypes — Asian women as submissive, domestic, hypersexual — are obviously nothing new. But decades after The World of Suzie Wong hit drive-ins and more than 20 years since David Bowie's "China Girl" topped the music charts, why are we still indulging them?

    Because they're omnipresent — and often entertaining. Even now, how many cinematic greats, literary best sellers, or even cell-phone ads (see Motorola's latest) characterize Asian women as something other than geishas, ninjas, or dragon ladies? As the object of opening-line zingers like "Me love you long time" (the infamous line from Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket), I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at the cheeky blog Stuff White People Like, which ranks Asian girls at number 11 because "Asian women avoid key white women characteristics, such as having a midlife crisis, divorce, and hobbies that don't involve taking care of the children." Sure, I'm petite and was in fact born in Shanghai, but — to the shock of more than one guy I've gone out with — I'd rather down an icy beer and burger than nurse bubble tea and eat dumplings while massaging his back with my toes.

    "This is a common experience among Asian-American women," says Bich Minh Nguyen, who broaches the stereotypes in her latest novel, Short Girls. "They're dating a white guy, and they may not know if it's a fetish thing."

    "It's like a curse that Asian-American women can't avoid," says C.N. Le, director of Asian and Asian-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. "From an academic point of view, the perception still serves as a motivation for white men."

    In researching his new book, The East, the West, and Sex, author Richard Bernstein found that the Orientalist illusion continues to influence. "Historically, Asia provided certain sexual opportunities that would be much more difficult for Western men to have at home. But it remains a happy hunting ground for them today," he says, citing one phenomenon in the northeastern region of Thailand called Issan, where 15 percent of marriages are between young Thai women and Western men well into their 60s.

    But I suspect there's something else about the East that's seducing business bigwigs at this very moment: globalization. Consider that, stateside, Mandarin classes have spiked 200 percent over the past five years (apparently, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was an early adopter; he taught Mandarin classes in his Dartmouth days), and China has claimed status as the world's top export nation. In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell theorizes that Asian kids' intrinsic work ethic makes them outsmart American kids in math. (In the latest Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development international education survey, Taiwanese students were tops in math, while the U.S. placed 35th.) It's as though these Western men are hungry for a piece of that mystical Eastern formula. As such, Asians (in addition to African orphans) are hot commodities right about now — status symbols as prized as a private Gulfstream jet or a museum wing bearing your name (neither of which goes so well with a frumpy, aging first wife).

    Tellingly, most current trophies of choice are far more than exotic arm candy. They are accomplished musicians and journalists, they have Ivy League MBAs and hail from prestigious political families (Mrs. Wasserstein's older sis is former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao). Why, then, are these women falling for rich white patriarchs? Why be a target for headline comparisons to concubines? When Wendi Deng was described as "The Yellow Peril" in a recent magazine profile, it only marginalized her achievement: As chief strategist for MySpace China, she has become central to News Corp.'s expansion into the elusive Chinese market — something Murdoch himself had attempted, and failed to do, before she came into the picture.

    While I'm sure that real love and affection is sometimes the bond in these culture-crossing May-December romances, could it be that power divorcιs of a certain ilk make the perfect renegade suitors for these overachieving Asian good girls — an ultimate (yet lame) attempt at rebellion? Maybe these outsized, world-class moguls are stand-ins for emotionally repressed Asian dads (one clichι that is predominantly true). Or...are these women just glorified opportunists? What's so perverse is that while Asians have always revered their elders, sleeping with a guy old enough to be your grandfather is just creepy — in any culture.

    Skepticism aside, the new trophy trend does have its benefits. We're already seeing a positive impact on global politics, economics, and the arts: The Chinese became privy to online social networking in 2007 with the launch of MySpace China under the News Corp. umbrella; contemporary Chinese painters — including Xiaogang Zhang and Minjun Yue — have rung up nearly $400 million in sales on international art circuits since 2006, thanks to well-connected supporters like Ziyi Zhang; and almost 43 percent of international adoptions, which have more than tripled since 1990, now come out of Asian countries (more playdates for Pax and Maddox). What's more, perhaps a proliferation of gorgeous, mixed-race, multilingual offspring (assuming a classical Mandarin tutor is on the Chen-Moonves registry) is just good for our landscape. However you look at it, one thing's for sure: We're going to have to get used to this new international power family — aging mogul and foxy Asian wife flaunting a double-wide with newborn and adopted Malawian tot. What's next — the token trophy pet? I hear endangered Burmese rabbits are exceptionally cuddly.

    White Men and Asian Women - Asian Trophy Wives - Marie Claire



    And for that matter, why are many desirable Asian women coupling with Western men?

    I'd love to know what the Ladies have to say about this.


    Considering both of my marriages have been to Asian ladies- not to mention most of my relationships- I feel like a bit of a trendsetter.
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    I think the author is a bit confused. One minute she's talking about Asian women, the next she's talking about Asian-American women. I see she doesn't realise that Asian-American women are just as undesirable as their white or black or whatever counterparts.

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    ^ agree, Asian American are bigger bitches than the non Asian version

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    I think the author is a bit confused. One minute she's talking about Asian women, the next she's talking about Asian-American women. I see she doesn't realise that Asian-American women are just as undesirable as their white or black or whatever counterparts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    ^ agree, Asian American are bigger bitches than the non Asian version
    Dated several AA in Chicago and found them way more of a headache than the white girls!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    ^ agree, Asian American are bigger bitches than the non Asian version
    .....and Asian-American ladies aren't Asia. They're American.

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    nail - head... When you place 'America' into the equation, women's attitudes & perspective go right out the window...

    It's not just asian women who are corrupted by America... You can take a perfectly lovely foreign woman from any country to America and within 2 years she will be poisoned by American culture... Much like picking a flower and attempting to transplant it somewhere else... It just doesn't work... There may be exceptions, but IMO the majority adopt the feminist attitude of their merkin sisters very quickly...
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    ^Which is probably why American men end up drinking beer and eating chips out of each others' butt cracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    The New Trophy Wives
    Do you regularly read Marie Claire?

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    I can't think why i was not included in that list

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackula
    Do you regularly read Marie Claire?
    I've kept the link open, it's quite entertaining actually.

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    There is a bit of a nasty, even racist, undertone to the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    'd love to know what the Ladies have to say about this
    are there any women on this forum? - been scared off no doubt.

    I agree though, an Asian woman in the West is not the same at all - they still look cute though.

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    I thought I'd share with Ms Ying Chu some of my wisdom.

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    too many words..and only one persons opnions...i have met many members on here wives and i got to say , they are so much ..err i best be careful here in what i say...'nicer?'than me me mates in ozzie..nup can,t say that either..but in thinking about it..

    i will hold this thought..i think it is another post
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    "This is a common experience among Asian-American women," says Bitch Minh Nguyen, who broaches the stereotypes in her latest novel, Short Girls. "They're dating a white guy, and they may not know if it's a fetish thing."
    appropriate name.

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    Most of the women mentioned in the article are Chinese, save for a couple of Koreans and a Vietnamese. Asia is a big place. Why is it that the western media always equates Asian with Chinese?

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    more than 20 years since David Bowie's "China Girl" topped the music charts, why are WE still indulging them?
    Who's 'we' Marie?
    Sounds like Marie thinks even powerful wealthy guys should have to put up the fat arse mouthy women of the west.
    She can't stand it and I love it.
    She's probably not even aware of us NOT powerful NOT wealthy (well most of us) guys with hot younger asian wives.
    She'll go fucking apoplectic if she finds out.
    Anyone got her email addy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Why are the West's most powerful men coupling up with younger Asian women?

    Because they are the easiest whores who'll do anything for money

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Why are the West's most powerful men coupling up with younger Asian women?

    Because they are the easiest whores who'll do anything for money
    Mine'll do anything and I've got no money, how do you explain that?
    It Can't just be that I'm incredibly handsome and charming with a huge cock that won't quit surely, that would be shallow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    Most of the women mentioned in the article are Chinese, save for a couple of Koreans and a Vietnamese. Asia is a big place. Why is it that the western media always equates Asian with Chinese?
    It is not just the media. I have had many, many people that I know ask the same question when they find out I am living in Thailand. Do you learn to speak Taiwanese?

    Other times people have said they could not date an Asian - flat butts, pale skin etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Why are the West's most powerful men coupling up with younger Asian women?

    Because they are the easiest whores who'll do anything for money
    For those preemies like you that always have to pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    It is not just the media. I have had many, many people that I know ask the same question when they find out I am living in Thailand. Do you learn to speak Taiwanese?

    Other times people have said they could not date an Asian - flat butts, pale skin etc.
    Same here. I have people from my hometown ask me if I am still living in Taiwan.

    On occasion, I have had male friends or relatives come and visit Thailand. I always introduce them to Thai ladies I know and take them out to the girly bars. It's always surprising when one tells me he find the local women unattractive. Often, then ones who do find the locals attractive like the ones who have been surgically altered to look more Western. (Nose jobs, eyelid surgery, fake boobies.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    Do you learn to speak Taiwanese?

    Same, and comparing notes with a mate who lived in Taiwan...

    "Oh I love Thai food" is a response he often gets.

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    The queen of trophy wives, imo:









    ^ look at his smile; and no wonder!

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