Asian American men ranging from teens, guys in their 20s to 30s, in different professions from all across the world, on what it’s been like to walk in their shoes. Peter Park, Virginia, Model To witness Steve Harvey’s hurtful remarks towards Asian men was disappointing especially since I have the upmost respect for him and support him from purchasing his motivational books to watching his shows.
They are banding together in an attempt to stop the hate once and for all. From painful stories of rejection, to finding empowerment, to embracing their own uniqueness, each story is raw, real and powerful. Even my mom watches ‘Family Feud’ when she comes home from work.
After over one-hundred years of emasculation, why, in 2017, are we still having these conversations, many Asian Americans asked?
This humiliating narrative has haunted Asian American males for the past century beginning from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to Yellow Peril in the late 1800’s (that is, that Asians were a terror to white America).
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.
It’s easy to attack a minority community when said community seems so insignificant. In a statistic from USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication, only 1% of Hollywood films had any Asian Americans as leads (Asian Americans currently compose over 5% of the entire U. A recent article in found that mass media portrayals and its subsequent perpetuance of Asian emasculation, has led to many men experiencing intense stress, anxiety and overall lack of self-esteem.
“The never-ending pursuit of proving their worth and trying to gain approval and acceptance from others breeds tremendous resentment and anger.” Dr.It has affected me in numerous occasions, especially when I was in high school.I remember when I was warming up for my basketball game, a group of kids from another school I was playing at were yelling out racist remarks like “yo, shrimp fried rice.” Of course, I didn’t pay them any mind.The line above from the production still rings true, forty years later, at least for many Asian American men.SEE ALSO: As an Asian American, I am invisible in this country After all, throughout the past few decades, American culture has attempted to completely castrate Asian American men and their masculine identities.