Women who have no Asian male friends or interactions are limited to societal and media portrayal of Asian men which isn't flattering.Remember, it was just January of this year when comedian Steve Harvey joked about how no one would want to date Asian men.In fact, having an American name – especially if you are Asian and work with the public – is quite common, and done so simply because Americans usually can’t pronounce their native names.That’s why Thai women who work in restaurants, whose names have eight syllables and are completely unpronounceable to Americans, usually call themselves something like “Jane.” It’s just easier.Yes, like every big city in the world, Bangkok does have a red light district, but for the most part Thai culture is conservative and very spiritual.And believe me, there’s nothing subservient about my Thai wife!
—Not that long ago Asians were thought of as almost demonic, with World War Two propaganda portraying them as almost subhuman.It’s the same reason my grandfather, Wladyslaw, started calling himself “Walt” after he came to America from Poland.In the lily-white fundamentalist church where I was brought up, there were no Asians. She comes from a Buddhist country and celebrates a religion they don’t understand and don’t want to. And now with the proliferation of online dating apps and websites, it can be even more daunting. is difficult enough because of cultural and stereotypical challenges.