Asian men dating outside their race
After he was eliminated, he wondered what effect his ethnicity had.
This, despite once being told by a new patient that she thought he would look like Mr."Growing up in Oklahoma, it was hard when what was [considered] attractive, pretty or handsome weren't people who looked like me." The roots of Asian male stereotypes date back 200 years, historians say, when immigrants started arriving in the U. Some were barred from heavy industry, so men took on traditionally feminine enterprises like laundry and cooking. Wars with Japan, Korea and Vietnam helped demonize Asian men further and gave Americans license to ridicule them, historians say.By 1882, Chinese immigrants were prohibited from entering the U. "The emasculation of the Asian male has a very long history," said Henry Yu, an associate professor at UCLA's Center for Asian American Studies.Wanting to know what the mostly Asian American class considered desirable, professor Darrell Hamamoto asked: What posters are on your bedroom walls?After an uncomfortable silence, Hamamoto got the names he expected -- celebrities such as Brad Pitt.Many Asian Americans are still horrified by older images such as writer Sax Rohmer's books about the sinister Dr. Yunioshi from "Breakfast at Tiffany's," perhaps the character Asian Americans most commonly identify as a racist icon of an earlier Hollywood.
Some of a younger generation cringe at the sight of the nerdish Long Duk Dong from the 1984 teen classic "Sixteen Candles." But there are indications that Asian American men may be acquiring more appeal.
Internet forums for Asians are saturated with discussion groups with titles such as "Raise Your Hand if You Love Asian Men!!
" A thread on "When the Asian Guy Tries Too Hard" discusses the difficulty some Asian American men have attracting non-Asians -- often considered a successful sign of crossover appeal. Phil Yu, 25, a Korean American, was so angered by misconceptions about Asian Americans that he created a website, which he says receives 50,000 hits a month.
Many are offended that Asian men are projected as power players when it comes to intellectual intercourse but bystanders in the world of romance.
"Racist myths and assumptions about smaller stature -- smaller eyes -- and less sexual and erotic drive -- have stymied the development and acceptance of Asian American men as full erotic beings," writes novelist and UCLA professor Russell Leong in the foreword of a collection of Asian American erotic literature.
There wasn't an Asian among them, which reinforced what he has long believed: that cliches and stereotypes about Asian men have rendered them sexual afterthoughts.