'AMBW' is a growing internet-dating subculture with Facebook groups, meet-ups, and websites.Photo courtesy of Asian Men and Black Women Connections (NYC)I first learned about the "Asian Men Black Women" (AMBW) community about seven months ago, when I was on a date with a black girl.She seemed to really like the fact that I was Asian.
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The activities they had seemed genuinely fun: vineyard tours, game nights, beach outings, and so on.
I messaged Ron, the group administrator, and suggested a meet-up I wanted to attend: "South African Food @ Madiba Restaurant." He approved, and addressed any apprehension about my presence in the event description: "A writer, Zach Schwartz, may be in attendance.
He promises that the article will be positive; he is Asian himself, and a recent member to this group." In the way that Asian men have been distorted to reflect femininity, so too have black women become masculinized.
The "cute" had the tone one would use when describing a baby.
"I always wanted to have one," she said, looking into my eyes.
Later that night, she invited me to the Asian Men Black Women Persuasion Facebook group.
I joined and saw thousands of Asian men and black women engaging in a rich cultural exchange.
They were posting photos of themselves, discussing social justice, sharing viral videos.
Some of them advertised real life meet-ups and dating events.
I live in New York City, so I figured I could find at least one AMBW meet-up group.
And I did: Asian Men and Black Women Connections NYC.