A rice queen is a non-Asian male, who prefers or exclusively dates Asian, particularly East- and Southeast-Asian males. The term is considered gay slang and depending on the context, may be considered derogatory and offensive internationally.[1]

The term "rice king" is used to describe heterosexual males who seek Asian women.[2] (The term "yellow fever" denotes the attraction certain non-Asian individuals may have for Asian men or women.)

Other terms that refer to staples and are used in contrast to this term are "sticky rice" (Asian males who prefer other Asian males), "potato queens" (Asian men who prefer Caucasian men), "mashed potato" (Caucasian men who prefer Caucasian men) "bean queens" (men who prefer Hispanic men) and "refried beans" (Hispanic and Latino men who prefer other Hispanic and Latino men).

See also

  • Asian fetish
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Racism in the LGBT community
  • Sinophile
  • Stereotypes of East and Southeast Asians


  1. Ayres T (1999). China doll - the experience of being a gay Chinese Australian. Journal of Homosexuality, 36(3-4): 87-97
  2. "Confessions of a 'Rice King", The Asians in America Project, May 2005. Retrieved on 2007-01-06. 
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