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).
“‘No, thank you,'” he goes on to say in a feminine gesture, his hand on his hip, his head cocked to the side: “I don’t even like Chinese food, boy. I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.” The joke was one in jest, one could argue.
“Feeling sexually undesirable has played a part in many Asian men going long stretches of time without dating anyone out of fear of rejection,” says Dr.
Nicole Hsiang to , a psychotherapist in San Francisco who specializes in Asian American men and women.
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.
The tired, trite, troubling stereotypes are nothing new; spewing them out again and again is far from funny. For the 9 million Asian American men who live in this country, it was yet another day where mainstream culture attempted to mitigate our identities.
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.
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It was throwing salt in the wounds of millions of Asian men like me, whose own self-worth has been shaken throughout the years, thanks to the decades upon decades of this country actively erasing our unique masculinities.
After over one-hundred years of emasculation, why, in 2017, are we still having these conversations, many Asian Americans asked?
“The never-ending pursuit of proving their worth and trying to gain approval and acceptance from others breeds tremendous resentment and anger.” Dr.
Hsiang says that from her research, the media has had a direct impact on the lives of Asian Americans.
This is even the case for macho, elite athletes, who are far from the stereotype.