In the BBC’s official response to BEA’s letter, it stated its commitments to diversity (in a rather patronising, verbose manner). But Asian women are understandably in a rush to change the status quo.
A quick browse on the Internet for “yellow fever fetishes” brings up a host of websites, articles and videos, mostly from the US, that express humour, distaste and offence at the sexualised objectification of East Asian women, with some equating yellow fever to racism rooted in colonial ideas of power and submission.
The stereotyping plays itself out in the roles you see Chinese women playing in theatre, on TV or in films.
Take the 25th anniversary revival of Miss Saigon in the West End.
British men tend to be polite, have a sarcastic and subtle sense of humor and are not afraid to laugh at themselves.
England’s climate can be described as a temperate maritime one and is famous for rainy weather and its lush, verdant countryside.
But Debbie also believes that Asian American women are paying a price for “positive” stereotyping.
“We are largely invisible when it comes to politics and popular culture, yet there's a very palpable urban myth that Asian women make better lovers than other women”, she says.
In the UK, Sherry Fang, a 26-year-old British Chinese student, tells me she's had strangers say to her “you look just like his ex, she was also Chinese”, and argues it would be wholly inappropriate if she were black or Indian.
In Britain, while significant rates of intermarriage between the Chinese and white Caucasian population have demonstrated social integration, the trend is nevertheless heavily skewed towards Chinese women and white men, rather than the other way around.