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Copyright (c) 1997 The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 
The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice

ARTICLE: Converging Stereotypes in Racialized Sexual Harassment: Where the Model Minority Meets Suzie Wong

Fall, 1997

1 J. Gender Race & Just. 177


Sumi K. Cho *



The above passage comes from a letter written by a white male professor to a Japanese female student at a major university. The more unsavory details referring to physical specifications and particularly demeaning and sadistic demands by the professor have been edited. In her complaint against him, the student stated that the faculty member "sought out Japanese women in particular" and "uses his position as a university professor to impress and seduce Japanese women." 2 The professor had a history of targeting Japanese women because "he believes they are submissive and will obey any parameters he sets for the relationship." 3 According to the student's complaint, "He said that he wants sex slaves, that he considers and treats women as disposable. . . . He rarely takes precautions in a sexual relationship." 4

Another Japanese female student and former officer of a campus Japanese student organization submitted testimony in support of the student's complaint. 5 She recalled that the same professor had approached her outside of a convenience store near the campus and asked for her phone number, stating that he was interested in meeting Japanese women. The student explained that she gave him her number, "because I was the vice-president [of the Japanese student organization] and felt I should be gracious." 6 Through the course of their conversations, the professor told the student that he "hangs around campus looking for Japanese girls" and asked "where [he] could meet them." 7 He told her that "he was ...
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