Some countries have experimented with multiculturalism (i.e.
“Me love you long time” is the painfully stereotypical phrase that still remains in pop culture long after it was spoken by the Vietnamese prostitute in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket.” In David Bowie’s hit single, the glam rock icon sings about how he yearns to escape with his “little China girl” as he throws a bowl of rice, and Geeling Ng embraces him, wearing an orientalized costume — golden headset and all.
Then in 2005, Gwen Stefani paraded around the world with a posse of identically dressed, giggling harajuku girls as she made millions selling perfumes, clothes and accessories.
We accept these stylized characters as truthful representations because of the absence of realistic figures in popular culture — among all women, Asians seem to be the only ones inextricably tied to an overtly sexual image.
Now here we are in 2011, living in this multiethnic country and still throwing around terms like “yellow fever” and “asiaphile” whenever we see a white man with an Asian woman.
Integration can have multiple facets / interpretations.
One view of integration is that newcomers absorb the dominant culture — this might more properly called “assimilation”.
While women in “mixed” couples find a spouse who is poorer but thinner than if they intra-married, black men match with a white woman who is more educated than if they intra-married, and a white man finds a thinner spouse in a black woman.
Multiculturalism and integration Political borders are increasingly becoming irrelevant through globalisation and mass migration.
Given the tendency for homophily in human relations, and the large gap between the two, it will be a tough challenge for policy makers to integrate the migrants without proactive government efforts at social engineering.
Ethnic enclaves and ghettos Ethnic enclaves are neighbourhoods primarily populated by persons of similar ethnic or racial backgrounds.
Whether the stereotype is the geisha girl, the China doll or the concubine, East Asian women have been hypersexualized and fantasized to be submissive, domestic and coquettish by Western media for quite some time now.