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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 tired, trite, troubling stereotypes are nothing new; spewing them out again and again is far from funny. For the 9 million Asian American men who live in this country, it was yet another day where mainstream culture attempted to mitigate our identities.
It was throwing salt in the wounds of millions of Asian men like me, whose own self-worth has been shaken throughout the years, thanks to the decades upon decades of this country actively erasing our unique masculinities.
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.
“This is a direct result of racist media portrayals of Asian men as undesirable and hearing statements like, ‘I don’t date Asian men,'” she says.
“‘No, thank you,'” he goes on to say in a feminine gesture, his hand on his hip, his head cocked to the side: “I don’t even like Chinese food, boy. I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.” The joke was one in jest, one could argue.
And one could also say it’s fair to say offensive statements sometimes, poking fun at different people – racial epithets included – because well, it’s his job.
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.
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After over one-hundred years of emasculation, why, in 2017, are we still having these conversations, many Asian Americans asked?