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The scarcity of Asian men in Western media creates an imaginative lacuna in the minds of men and women in dating situations.An analysis of the 100 highest-grossing films of 2014 found that Asians constituted only 5.3 percent of speaking characters.
Grindr has come under scrutiny for the partisan practices of its users: Expedient shorthands like “no rice” and “no curry” are used to discourage Asians from communicating their interest.
Paradoxically, when surveyed, fewer users answered “yes” to the question of whether they preferred to date someone of their own race.
So, while users exercised greater discretion in their stated preference, in practice their actions remained the same..
My dalliance with Tinder lasted for four weeks before I boarded up the account and returned to the world of low-tech, meat-and-potatoes courtship.
This was especially true of white users and women users.
In a crowded bar or coffee shop, one might—with an opportune —manage to scale the barrier of race, or at least be politely entertained, but this feat proves more difficult on dating apps and websites.