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."
18 Things to Watch If You Loved "Crazy Rich Asians" and Where to Stream Them
"For many Asian-American viewers, Crazy Rich Asians is the first time we’ve felt seen on the big screen. To finally see people who look like us portray dynamic characters with depth is such a visceral and fulfilling experience. The summer blockbuster has everyone running to the theaters (and Scarlett Johansson to her agent). If you loved this film and can't wait until the sequel, check out these films and shows with strong Asian-American representation."
Looking for a Reflection as the Only Asian Actor in a Production of ‘Mulan’
“I expected to feel seen on that stage as the only Asian actor, but the spotlight wasn’t on me. As I robotically contorted my body into fake tai chi poses while the sounds of the erhu and gongs echoed in the background, I felt like Panda Express takeout being served on a silver platter.
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.”