The tweets touched a nerve because they hit on long-held stereotypes of Asian men as nerdy and un-dateable.
Sharon Heijin Lee, an assistant professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, said new representations of Asian men are beginning to challenge these stereotypes, citing popular Korean-American actors Daniel Dae Kim ("Hawaii Five-O") and Steven Yeun ("Walking Dead") as well as Korean pop stars.
The number of foreign spouses living here has risen rapidly in recent years, a development linked to economic development.
However, international couples and families face stigmatization, and in the dating scene, conditions vary by race and economic background.
/ Courtesy of Hallie Bradley"A lot of people say that Western guys in Korea only want to date Korean girls and Korean guys only want to date Korean girls," she said. "There are men who are exceptions."She eventually began going out with a Korean, a "rebellious and unique" man who "liked being different." But her initial expectations reflected common perceptions about dating here, where it's more common to see heterosexual couples of expatriate men and Korean women, than vice-versa.
The number of Korean man-expat woman couples appears to be on the rise, however.
In the latest example, pop star Rain's video for "L. Song" features an egregious caricature of a black woman's body.
"There seems to be a three-month mark," observed Kaye.I have some lovely Korean friends who have told me I’ve just had bad luck, and that could be true.I wouldn’t take back any of these dates or experiences as they have helped me grow, but I sure as hell wouldn’t repeat them."There can be a sense of feeling overlooked when I'm next to my Caucasian female friends.People just think, ‘She's just Korean, but this girl next to her is so exotic,'" she said. But I have noticed some people, usually older, and I can see them wonder if I'm just some foreign floozy," she said.