What exactly makes this work? In simple, retarded blogger terms, I think it comes down to many different factors of modern American culture. From the Asian chick side, I think tall men are considered desirable, dating outside your ethnic circle is considered kind of chic (I don't like this stupid thinking), and then some lame excuse for another ethnicity having more virile men. That last one happens everywhere, as a Kenyan friend told me that to get down with European males was considered a prize due to their reputation for virility. This made me laugh for about 5 minutes. On the tall, white male side, I'm going to cite the current white male preference for thin, petite, *thin women* stereotypes of Asian female sexual prowess, submissive behavior, and loyalty, *thin women* and finally, the spread of pornography, which has turned Asians *thin women* into a giant, fetish subculture. Seriously, every guy who dated an Asian girl at Cornell was hoping he lucked into finding the brainy Kobe Tai or Asia Carrera. I wouldn't dismiss the stories of uncles and older cousins who take trips to Asian countries or serve in foreign wars in Asia and come back with wild stories. The whole sex tourism trade is disturbing to me, but it is one hell of a moneymaker. Add to this being in a liberal college atmosphere, and it is a perfect storm.
I generally dislike it when people take something out to a fetish because to me, it's a sign of some mental switch that is being turned on as if the object fetishized is a representation of something else they want or a means to get somewhere else mentally... but whatever floats your boat. A female, Asian comic in Boston would make jokes about this dating game and subverted the very idea. As she said she had never seen a limp, white penis, and then would ask a girl in the front row if she could make her p*ssy tighter. After hearing no, she would say to the boyfriend, I'm sorry... but I can help. One night in college, I was at a friend's apartment and my Irish-German girlfriend at the time pulled me aside after 2 hours of socializing and asked why all of my friends had Asian girlfriends (yup, 4 for 4). I looked around and noticed it for the first time. I was quick on my feet and said "jesus christ, what the hell am I doing with you?" Like many stereotypes and racist things like dating solely on a fetish basis, I find it lame even if it is a positive stereotype (all asian women = sexy). Personally, I look forward to the day when a friend of mine can introduce his fiancee, and we find out she is Asian yet no one says "sweet, asian chick". I have a dream. I have a dream. One day we can just get down with people of all races and creeds and no one will immediately run for the gutter by making a positive racist comment or implying some different ability or taste of that different ethnicity. Yes we can!