In recent years, we’ve seen star NBA basketball players like Jeremy Lin, the handsome, powerful, 6’3″ athlete, find his share of masculine erasure with publications like a Fox Sports writer tweeting out “Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple inches of pain tonight.” This precedes last year’s baffling Oscars where Asians were made into punchlines, with comedians like Sacha Baron Cohen taking jabs Asian genitalia.
Of course, Cohen along with other comedians, feel it’s kosher to make jokes at the expense of the Asian community. Lack of portrayals onscreen of real Asian males in leading roles (or any that air on the side of authenticity) has had a real detrimental impact on Asian American male psyches.
“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.“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. Specifically an Asian dating another race (or vice versa).Do you think a lot of individuals still date within their race or do you find in today's generation a greater increase in interracial dating? For the last few years, the Korean Wave have made K-pop music and Korean TV dramas (or K-dramas) popular outside of Asia and the audiences for K-pop has become more diverse, and white caucasian female make up a significant chunk of K-pop fandom.
It has been reported that K-pop and K-drama have caused Yellow fever/Asian fetish amongst white fangirls, here’s the evidence: Thank you for the most amazing night ever!!!!! 💖😍💘@BTS_twt @Big Hit Ent @bts_bighit #bestbirthdayever pic.twitter.com/zqc XFy4tp1— Kylie Rogers (@Kylie Anne Rogers) April 3, 2017These really appeal to all fangirls which include caucasian one too.
(Mind you, this is only a short list of characters throughout the year Each has been pigeonholed into being foreign, non-sexual caricatures.
This is even the case for macho, elite athletes, who are far from the stereotype.
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.
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.
I’m also scared that white supremacists/nationalists could called K-pop and K-drama popularity in the US/west as “” because they think it brainwash white girls to have interracial relationship with Asian man.