The Asian Mystique
“The Asian Mystique”
The author’s style includes some storytelling, but mostly facts, statistics, and random
information regarding the misconceptions and culture of Asians (mostly Japanese).
The book opens with our white, female, American author observing the culture
differences and expectations between Western and Eastern cultures in a bar call “Super
Pussy” in Asia’s sex capital, Bangkok.
Thai bars are a tourist hot-spot for foreigners.
For Westerners, they get to experience not only the Asian flesh, but the Asian Mystique
—the exotic, decadent delight that no Western woman could dare offer.
This idea is built upon images, expectations, and misperceptions based on thousands of
years of East-West interaction.
In the West, a man can be a nerd.
In Thailand, that same man is richer, better-educated,
and desirable to many females.
Old, fat, or ugly by Western standards, that same guy is going to be chased down the
street by dozens of girls in Thailand.
The lighter skinned a person is, the more beautiful they are considered.
It is fashionable
in Thailand to have a mixed race baby to have it be light skinned.
Caucasian men and Asian women marry more frequently than any other two groups.
Thousands of men in the West every year send away for mail-order brides or meet Asian
women through magazine and website ads that say, “Dirty Little Slut. 20 yrs, Chinese
dirty girl seeking 20-35 yrs.
Attractive white guys 4 sex. I have a nice body and good
looking.” 4-6,000 couples a year are brought together through over 200 websites.
Expectations of the image of the submissive, subservient, exotic oriental come from the
way that Asians have been depicted in Western culture.
Actresses like Lucy Liu don’t have much of a choice on their roles in films because of the
expected roles of an Asian woman in a Western point of view.
These misconceptions are so set into stone.
A real-life French Diplomat named Bernard
Bouriscot was posted to China in the 1960s and dove straight into his fantasies of exotic
He took a Chinese lover.
The relationship lasted, incredibly, for eighteen years
without Bouriscot knowing his lover was a man.
The Chinese man was able to
manipulate Bouriscot sexually—usually in the dark—into thinking he was a woman, and
the Frenchman accepted the differences as “Oriental.”
(A medical examination
determined that the Chinese man was able to retract his testicles into his body, tuck his
penis back into the folds between his legs, and hold his thighs tightly together during sex
so that he would believe it was intercourse.)
The diplomat was later quoted as saying, “I
thought she was very modest.
I thought it was a Chinese custom.” It was evidence of his
willingness to deceive himself to maintain his fantasy.
He fell in love not with a person,
but with a fantasy stereotype.
The author takes note of one of the most respected academics in Thailand, Dr. Pasuk.