One of them could be the way in which Chinese men, all Asian men for that matter, are portrayed in Western culture.
The emasculation of the Asian male is a well documented trope of Western cinema.
The policy is now gone, but challenges that resulted from it remain.
"Following decades of the one-child policy, China is now faced with a shocking gender imbalance — for every girl below the age of 18 in China, there are now three boys," the article noted.
"The policy had been fiercely debated for a number of months before it finally won approval from the required number of legislators earlier (Wednesday.) Civil rights groups in China have condemned the restriction, pointing out that it discriminates against women by still permitting males to enter into interracial marriages." It is, at its root, a math problem.
Thanks to years of a one-child policy that favored having boys but not girls, the country has a very large imbalance in male-female marrying-age ratios.
Asian men are either portrayed as celibate, pure, martial arts heroes or one dimensional token minorities.
The idea of Asian men as sexual beings doesn’t really exist in the Western public consciousness.
Walk down any street or into any bar in China and you will see the oh-so familiar sight of foreign men with Chinese girls.
Go on any internet forum and you will be able to access myriad conversations and threads extolling the trials and tribulations of Western men dating Chinese girls. Photo: Fe Ilya The sight of a western woman with a Chinese man is, although admittedly more and more commonplace, still a relative rarity, and the information and advice available to Western women who are seeking to date Chinese men is still comparatively scarce.
This undoubtedly has an effect on the way Western women view Chinese men.
Another reason is the relative conservatism of Chinese relationships; gender roles in Chinese relationships are so clearly defined that even lesbian couples frequently divide themselves in to masculine and feminine counterparts, T (for tomboy), and P (for princess).
“‘The law was introduced in order to promote social harmony,' commented one of the People’s Courts legislators.