Preston Chaunsumlit was identified by Gawker and magazine as a "normcore" icon recently, but he is also a brilliant observer of how race is portrayed in popular culture.He is the star of Model Files, a casting director, comedian, and self-professed "dick with opinions." He and I chatted about this subject over lunch.The conversation heated up again when the comedian and daytime talkshow host, Steve Harvey, was dragged on Twitter last for a past episode that was uncovered by savvy viewers. '” he’s heard in the clip, casually asking his audience.
Black women and Asian men should start marrying each other in droves. That's the issue that needs to be widely discussed and studied by social scientists.
I am not a social scientist, but I do have Asian friends.
The story follows a French soldier who is sent to China where he eventually falls in love with a man disguised as a woman.
Certainly, a progressive story for the time period.
The dangerous stereotype and the tired tropes that identify Asian men as undesirable, unsexy, foreign, devoid of sensuality, has become detrimental to that community in the past near-century.
So much so that a percentage of the 9 million men Asian American men say they have felt discrimination’s ugly repercussions, including depression, anxiety, issues with self-worth and suicide.There are many instances where this isn't the case, of course, but it is currently a reality for me.This is a reality for another group as well—Asian men are also less likely to be married than their female counterparts. That we continue to aspire to marriage—an institution invented purely for financial purposesand look at people who are not married as if they have some sort of stain on their character is the real problem.So it’s no wonder that Asian Americans, namely those from East Asian lineage, have turned to social media to air their grievances in the past months alone.From Hollywood’s rampant white wash of characters, to speaking up about the lack of Asian faces in TV and films, woke blogs like seem to keep individuals and media enterprises in check.The line above from the production still rings true, forty years later, at least for many Asian American men.