Racial depersonalization can be especially hurtful to Asian women in situations where being recognized as an individual is important, such as romantic relationships, because a person may feel unloved if they sense they could be replaced by someone with similar qualities.
In her essay Lotus Blossoms Don't Bleed: Images of Asian Women, American filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña identifies two basic stereotypes.
The study took data from "thousands of decisions made by more than 400 daters from Columbia University's various graduate and professional schools".
The doubt that targets of Asian fetish experience stems from feelings of depersonalization, which compound on the objectification Asian females already face as women, to create a further sort of objectification where Asian women feel like interchangeable objects.
Objects, body parts, clothing and people are all things that can be fetishized.
An Asian fetish is distinct from an interracial partnership.