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Interview of Yuko (by SWOP)

Interview with Yuko Leong

Creativity lies at the heart of ‘Kyoto pleasure quarter retiree’, Yuko Leong, whose service is as unique as her impressive collection of kimono. Yuko engaged in an email interview with The Professional to reflect on her first year as a sex worker and to discuss the intertwining of work and culture.

 

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about Yuko, and how a 23 year old former Maiko trainee made the decision to move to Sydney and embark on a new career as a sex worker?

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Yuko’s 1st Anniversary! To my fellow sex workers♡

July marks my 1st year as Yuko!

This industry has never stopped surprising me with kindness and acceptance since the very beginning… I’m especially thankful to the beautiful souls I met here along the way; you are some of the most genuine, level-headed, intelligent people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know – real beacons of human compassion and love.

Unlike other competitive industries, sex work demands true character. It is one of the fundamental productivities in this industry that often goes unseen/unmentioned.

Most industries generate profit from our ability to “teamwork as instructed” or straight-out become that baby cuckoo that backstabs. Sex work, at least to me, demands emotional labours of the highest quality: one’s ability to bond with people emotionally and physically, then nurture the bonds we have.

This industry introduced me to a group of people who’ve lived the darkest pages of our society, yet remained strong, gentle souls providing others with a safe space and surround them with love.

I can’t express how much I love you, and I will never forget the people reached out to help after I reported a violent client…

You’re my heroes. x

*Special thanks to Sex Workers Outreach Project in Sydney.*

The introverted girl is losing words and getting a little teary… putting the pen down for now…

Stay safe and take care…
Yuko

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Harmful Racial Fetish & “I like Japanese women”

This is a blog on some race related issues in the sex industry.

In a previous conversation with a fellow Japanese escort, our common racial background naturally became a topic which brought up an interesting question: how do we handle clients’ racial preferences or something people would call: “racial fetish”?

Unfortunately, the answer is complicated as lines have to be drawn around this terminology.

Obsession
First thing first, there is a group of men out there who are, culturally or sexually, ‘obsessed’ with the idea of Japanese women. Many of them believe that Japanese women are petite, cute, naturally submissive with an innocent look while secretly having an abnormally high sex drive…

These men are very often misled into this obsession by Japanese pornography or erotic manga/anime, which are created for the sole purpose to fulfil a specific type of male sexual fantasy. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of Japanese men who, too, share this obsession. However, when it comes within the context that I work in Sydney and my clients are mostly white, this kind of stereotypical misconception becomes a harmful orientalist/colonialist fantasy, that will most definitely sour the romantic encounter by squeezing the lady into his misguided framework of what she should be, and sometimes it can become a threat to the safety of us Japanese sex workers.

It is this type of men who raised red flags for the sentence “I like Japanese women.” By saying that, what many of them are essentially saying, is that they have a set of expectations as to what a Japanese woman should be, how she should behave, and sometimes, what services she should agree to provide when he pushes ‘hard enough’. Now I believe we all see how this can become dangerous…

Core Issues and Our Responsibility
The core issue with this is not whether a provider should or can offer submissive racial fantasy as a service, I know some ladies who are reputable professional subs as the “Japanese porn girl”; the core issue, however, is a historical misconception of the female “Japanese-ness”, issues with consent/boundary-pushing, and lastly, a mismatch of clients and providers. Continue reading “Harmful Racial Fetish & “I like Japanese women””

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Escorting and Self-Care

Morning meditation and yoga – I’d never dare to claim having mastered either of them. Life has endless treasures to offer yet too little time to learn. My practice is much less frequent than I want them to be, but I’ve made it a weekly routine to watch sunrise, practice yoga and have a ten minutes’ meditation before heading to breakfast.

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