What's the real cost of free sex in Asia?
Hordes of male American college grads have heeded the call and set up camp in East Asia over the past decade. Indeed, an entire subculture of twentysomething Americans has evolved in urban centers like Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Some are still drawn by quixotic visions of spiritual enlightenment in a wise, hospitable Asia. Far more are caught by the more recent allure of striking it rich in the new land of opportunity. Few, however, go prepared to deal with the culture shock that awaits them: The rapid breakdown of tradition in Asia's modern, boom-town landscape has left a moral vacuum where few rules remain. As a result, the reality for most of these Americans is an Asian experience dominated by the ultimate cross-cultural tremor: sex.
Just call it the Oriental Girl Fixation Syndrome. An offensively garish title, perhaps, but a concept well known to foreign ghetto