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Chen observed that Asian women have often spoken out about fetishization, while Asian men complain about being seen as undesirable.
Much of this stems from the fact that a sizeable contingent of the users also seems to be a part of the booming Asian EDM festival scene, with numerous posts advertising “ravebaes.” Singles are also identified as ABG’s (an amorphous term, most succinctly put as Asian women who exude a Kardashian-esque presence) or “wholesome” (a term attesting to an individual’s quaintness and moral repute).
Users often warn of “cuffing season”—the time of year between October and March when people look to be “cuffed” in a relationship to ward off the chilly isolation that winter begets.
In October, a University of Washington student who goes by the pseudonym “Hella Chen” joined the megaviral Facebook group Subtle Asian Traits.
The group, which has garnered more than 1 million members and received a flurry of mainstream media coverage, is essentially an image board for memes that illustrate the subtle tics that come with living as an Asian in a Western society.
While less commitment-focused and decidedly raunchier, SAD is perhaps best described as a virtual marriage market for millennials of the Asian diaspora.
But despite the apparent purpose of SAD to facilitate IRL courtship, the page more often seems to serve as an outlet for people to lightly roast their single friends.The users who spoke to Slate about their interactions with the page overwhelmingly described it as a positive experience.“I feel like everyone should be their friends’ hypeman and persuade them to get auctioned,” said Kounnavong, whose post received nearly 2,000 reactions.Alan Chen, an MIT student who also has a profile on the page, says SAD appeals to him as a space to date and discuss relationships unencumbered by the expectations set upon Asians in Western countries.“A significant number of posts on Subtle Asian Traits were aimed at the difficulties that Asian people face when trying to date in Western societies and I think that Subtle Asian Dating is a direct response to that frustration,” he said.He said that 52 people sent him direct messages but that he’s “not actually trying to date, just doing it for fun.” Paula Hsu, a pastry chef in Taiwan, woke up on Thursday to find dozens of direct messages on Facebook and Instagram from suitors she’d never met.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating