Have you ever noticed how European and White culture accents are typically described as sexy whereas minority culture accents, such as Asian accents not so much? This article kind of captures that general sentiment: http://thoughtcatalog.com/brian-m-williams/2014/07/the-16-sexiest-accents-in-the-world/
Of course I think this goes back to the way Western culture socializes to associate White with good or the positive, in other words “White is right” (see my post here for more details: https://asianamericangfonskype.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/self-hatred/ A poster from Reddit got it spot on when he/she said:
“It’s cultural and propagated by Western media which romanticizes European accents. Ever notice how many films romanticize going to Paris or Italy and falling in love there? That same theme isn’t going to be found as often in Asia or elsewhere in the world.
All that said, it’s hard not to be affected by those endorsed norms growing up in America. While I can diagnose its origins, I am not immune from its effects. I too find French, Southern (although not too heavy) and other White Culture accents sexy (and sometimes disarming!) and Asian accents, well..not so much.
It’s interesting that if you look at this post:
in the paragraph on Valley Accents “While this accent (Valley Girl) started in California, it has somehow worked its way all over the US and seems especially popular with Asian girls of every area code. It’s the most easily imitated American accent.”
I hate to admit it but I’m often told that I have the Valley Girl Accent. LoL. 😛
I think its a product of growing up in America, trying my best to assimilate into the American culture (trying my best not to sound “Asian”- especially given how unfavorable Asian accents are viewed) and looking up/emulating my idols, like American Sweetheart Britney Spears. I am often told I am very bubbly (I giggle a lot, sometimes just out of reflex!), which makes me sound even more valley girl, …. one of the major downsides is people might not take me seriously in job interviews and the like. Sigh oh well. I do think it is interesting how accents and the larger social culture might be all connected. 🙂