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In the video, now uploaded onto You Tube, he’s jabbing on about Asian masculinity. The context is in regards to the 2002 guide, an embarrassing book if there was ever).
'” he’s heard in the clip, casually asking his audience.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.This humiliating narrative has haunted Asian American males for the past century beginning from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to Yellow Peril in the late 1800’s (that is, that Asians were a terror to white America).The latter, a form of mass hysteria that was created to prevent the Asian population from growing. To protect its American citizens, the country warned women that men from East Asian descent were villains, out to get them.So it’s no wonder that Asian Americans, namely those from East Asian lineage, have turned to social media to air their grievances in the past months alone.
From Hollywood’s rampant white wash of characters, to speaking up about the lack of Asian faces in TV and films, woke blogs like seem to keep individuals and media enterprises in check.
Unfortunately, I strongly feel like Asian men are desexualized and emasculated in the media.
The media portrays Asian men in another way and it changes perception for Asians, which really sucks.
They are banding together in an attempt to stop the hate once and for all. From painful stories of rejection, to finding empowerment, to embracing their own uniqueness, each story is raw, real and powerful. Peter Park, Virginia, Model To witness Steve Harvey’s hurtful remarks towards Asian men was disappointing especially since I have the upmost respect for him and support him from purchasing his motivational books to watching his shows.
Even my mom watches ‘Family Feud’ when she comes home from work.
But how does this affect every day Asian American men who don’t shine on the silver screens?