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The line above from the production still rings true, forty years later, at least for many Asian American men.SEE ALSO: As an Asian American, I am invisible in this country After all, throughout the past few decades, American culture has attempted to completely castrate Asian American men and their masculine identities.
From sex symbols onscreen the like Daniel Henney, to leading men like Hayden Szeto (who we wrote about here), to the rise of Korean pop stars, there’s certainly a desire for more diversity in entertainment.But how does this affect every day Asian American men who don’t shine on the silver screens?Asian American men ranging from teens, guys in their 20s to 30s, in different professions from all across the world, on what it’s been like to walk in their shoes.Asian women were also banned from immigrating with men (though a few still came over), a direct affront from the U. From 1929’s supervillain Fu Manchu, who embodied a man sexuality can be likened to a paramecium, 1984’s Long Duk Dong from ‘ Han, a thickly accented caricature of an Asian, whose petite frame and mannerisms were completely diminutive, are only a few examples of Hollywood perpetuating this message.(Mind you, this is only a short list of characters throughout the year Mickey Rooney in yellow face is another …)Each has been pigeonholed into being foreign, non-sexual caricatures.“The negative images become internalized and start to be believed in by AA men themselves.”Indeed, there has been a strong correlation between emasculating Asian American men and how desirable they are.
In a recent finding from 2015, a poll from both heterosexual women and homosexual males showed that Asian American men were “least desirable” when it came to online dating.“Expedient shorthands like ‘no rice’ and ‘no curry’ are used to discourage Asians from communicating their interest,” said a Pacific Standard finding from the gay application, Grindr.
The conversation heated up again when the comedian and daytime talkshow host, Steve Harvey, was dragged on Twitter last for a past episode that was uncovered by savvy viewers.“‘Excuse me, do you like Asian men?
'” he’s heard in the clip, casually asking his audience.
Hsiang says that from her research, the media has had a direct impact on the lives of Asian Americans.
“This is a direct result of racist media portrayals of Asian men as undesirable and hearing statements like, ‘I don’t date Asian men,'” she says.
And one could also say it’s fair to say offensive statements sometimes, poking fun at different people – racial epithets included – because well, it’s his job.