I am not a social scientist, but I do have Asian friends.
Hwang argues that this phenomenon is caused by stereotyping of Asians in Western society.
As quoted on Slate.com, We found no evidence of the stereotype of a white male preference for East Asian women.
亚洲人和西方人的社交网络 • アジアと西洋の社会的ネットワーク • 아시아와 서양인의 소셜 네트워크 The AMWF Social Network is a virtual community for Asian guys and White girls, Black girls, Hispanic girls, etc. Lots of cute and hot asian guys and girls on the site.
We battle with the fact that black men are in prison at alarming rates — lessening the dating pool — but we also struggle with the notion that when it comes to attractiveness, we’re at the bottom of the totem pole.
We won’t get into the nonsensical studies that came to that conclusion, but it seems the attacks launched at black women during this whole married and undesirable debacle have brought about an unlikely ally: Asian men.