Crazy Hot Asians
Redefining Asian Male Desirability
"Masculinity reinforces a gender binary and perpetuates the notion that the feminine qualities historically associated with Asian men are a negative thing. These feminine traits aren’t the issue. The first part of the issue is that the racial castration of Asian men is inherently racist and misogynistic in order to uphold white supremacy. The second part of the issue is that Asian men are so rarely perceived as masculine that hyper-masculinization seems like the only solution in combatting racial castration. We must detach our biases from hegemonic masculinity in order to seek out other ways of legitimating the sexuality and desirability of Asian men instead of trying to fit ourselves into the current racial and gender binaries."
Before "Crazy Rich Asians," YouTubers Paved the Way for Better Asian Representation
“Asian-American narratives and representation have been evolving and existing for years ahead of Crazy Rich Asians and today’s slate of films featuring Asian stories and actors — YouTube allowed creators the creative freedom to authentically and unabashedly share their own experiences. What we’re seeing in today’s landscape of big-screen movies is years of work on smaller screens. An entire world of Asian creators paved the way to better representation on YouTube.”
Looking for a Reflection as the Only Asian Actor in a Production of ‘Mulan’
“Standing frozen on that stage with nowhere to hide, I was forced to lie in the bed I had made. All this time, I thought I had earned my role because of my acting abilities, when in reality I was just there to fill a diversity quota of one. I felt humiliated singing a song about honor when I could only feel shame. In that moment, as I stood in yellowface, I had finally fulfilled my quest to become white.”