Lyra. Age: 21.
This story was originally published in issue 4 of Banana Magazinean annual print publication dedicated to contemporary Asian culture. In the film PaybackLucy Liu plays a dominatrix named Pearl. Professional dominationa historically taboo career that combines sex work with BDSMis already sensationalized in pop culture as a world of cracking whips, villainous dungeons, and anguished screams.
Ada. Age: 23.
In my life, I've often encountered a certain type of Western guy who was attracted to Asian women. He tended to be older, white and yes, creepy. I wanted to know why, so I set out to make a documentary. I'm also creating a companion project, " They're All So Beautiful ," an online video series and forum to discuss the nuances of race, romance and " yellow fever.
Mira. Age: 26.
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Grandmother sits at the head of the table; her sons and daughters live with her, along with the children of those daughters, following the maternal bloodline. This progressive, feminist world — or anachronistic matriarchy, as skewed as any patriarchal society, depending on your viewpoint — exists in a lush valley in Yunnan, south-west China, in the far eastern foothills of the Himalayas. An ancient tribal community of Tibetan Buddhists called the Mosuothey live in a surprisingly modern way: women are treated as equal, if not superior, to men; both have as many, or as few, sexual partners as they like, free from judgment; and extended families bring up the children and care for the elderly.
But it was also partially about me. During my teens and early 20s, I was vehemently against dating Asian guys. When friends tried to pair me up with the one Chinese guy in elementary school, as if we were meant to be because I was the only Chinese girl, I quickly became annoyed. I scoffed and walked away, irritated at the unspoken expectation that I should to stick to my own race.