Perceptions of Women Condom Proposers Among Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, and European Americans1


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    This paper was supported by a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship to the first author.

2 Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Terri D. Conley, Department of Psychology, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095–1563


This study was a comparison of the judgments made about a sexually active female condom proposer by men and women of 3 ethnic groups: Chinese Americans, European Americans, and Japanese Americans. Results indicate that Chinese Americans reacted more negatively to the female condom proposer than did European Americans. Japanese Americans could not be distinguished between either of the groups on most measures. However, Japanese Americans did perceive the female condom proposer to be less sexually attractive than did the other 2 groups. These findings underscore the importance of distinguishing among subgroups of Asian Americans, especially when considering issues related to gender and sexuality.