A trophy is a tangible, durable reminder of a specific achievement, and serves as recognition or evidence of merit.Trophies are often awarded for sporting events, from youth sports to professional level athletics.Maybe these outsized, world-class moguls are stand-ins for emotionally repressed Asian dads (one cliché that is predominantly true). What's so perverse is that while Asians have always revered their elders, sleeping with a guy old enough to be your grandfather is just creepy — in any culture.Skepticism aside, the new trophy trend does have its benefits. When the venerable director scandalously left Mia Farrow for her adopted daughter, South Korean-born Soon-Yi Previn — 35 years his junior — he may as well have sent out a press release: Asian-girl fantasy trumps that of Hollywood royalty!Not two years after they tied the knot, media baron Rupert Murdoch walked down the aisle with fresh-faced Wendi Deng — 17 days after finalizing his divorce from his second wife.Why, then, are these women falling for rich white patriarchs?Why be a target for headline comparisons to concubines?
Consider that, stateside, Mandarin classes have spiked 200 percent over the past five years (apparently, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was an early adopter; he taught Mandarin classes in his Dartmouth days), and China has claimed status as the world's top export nation.
Were these tycoons consciously courting Asian babes?
Do any of them qualify for the unnerving "yellow fever" or "rice king" moniker? But after two or three failed attempts at domestic bliss with women of like background and age, these heavy hitters sought out something different. Enter the doll-faced Asian sylph on the arm of a silver-haired Western suit. ) The excruciating colonial stereotypes — Asian women as submissive, domestic, hypersexual — are obviously nothing new.
In many sports medals (or, in North America, rings) are often given out either as the trophy or along with more traditional trophies.
Originally the word trophy, derived from the Greek tropaion, referred to arms, standards, other property, or human captives and body parts (e.g., headhunting) captured in battle.