But it was also partially about me. During my teens and early 20s, I was vehemently against dating Asian guys. When friends tried to pair me up with the one Chinese guy in elementary school, as if we were meant to be because I was the only Chinese girl, I quickly became annoyed. I scoffed and walked away, irritated at the unspoken expectation that I should to stick to my own race. Now, I can see that I was surrounded by many, many problematic messages about the desirability of Asian men or lack thereof , which in turn led me to believe that they were socially awkward, passive, unattractive—and therefore not dateable. But I also thought being paired with an Asian guy would make me seem more Asian, which I definitely did not want. Being with a white guy felt like stepping stone to being less different, or like it would make me more like the white girls I wanted to be like.
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Steve Harvey, known better as the one who announced the wrong Miss Universe winner and for a daytime television show that covers a variety of topics, is back in the news. Earlier in January , he made a series of comments on his show that disparaged Asian men. For what seems like awkward taste, the camera pans around to show a laughing audience with Harvey keeping the line of joking going. Hispanic Americans? How about African American men?
On Dating Apps, Casual Racism Has Become The Norm For Asian Men
Mickey Rooney as Mr. Ashton Kutcher as a Bollywood producer, Raj, in a commercial , his skin darkened, a brown mustache affixed to his face, speaking in a cheap singsong voice, swaying his body, which is clad in a bright blue silk sherwani, back and forth to imitate the Indian head waggle. I have never quite seen myself on-screen. Having been raised on a mediocre diet of American television and mainstream Hollywood movies, I can count on one hand the actors of Asian descent who made an impression on me growing up. Their performances have stayed with me, like a novel you may never read again but pack with you every time you move.
Finally, there are moviemakers and writers who can debunk these racist stereotypes. The camera lingers on him and his fitness-app abs for a few seconds longer than normal, his shirtless body objectified just as thoroughly as actresses have been for decades. Think Halle Berry in Swordfish.