Why wouldn't I even consider another Asian guy as a potential partner?-- Andrew Chin "Oh, I am definitely a potato queen," I replied hastily to dispel any hopes he might have. I don't know why." He gave me a wan smile and took his leave.While keenly aware that he was strikingly good-looking, there was no way I would be interested in him; back then, I wanted a Caucasian boyfriend, preferably one who looked like the male models in . It's been eight years since, but I've never forgotten that conversation because it started me on the road to questioning my racial preferences.What's worse, this stereotyping has not been the product not of a media conspiracy but of the free market in action.Movie studios and TV networks are simply maximizing their profits in response to the overwhelming demand from mass audiences, predominantly white Americans, for content that affirms the sense of entitlement and centrality of white male protagonists at the expense of all others.
The racist perception that Asian men are less than "real men" pervades mainstream American culture, and profoundly impacts the life chances and self-image of all Asian American men.
For Asian American activists who join with most progressives in viewing white gay rights advocates as comrades in arms, the accompanying article may come as disappointing news.
" It was a hot summer evening in Boston almost a decade ago, and I was one of only two Asian men in a crowded, predominantly white gay club.
The other guy in the room had been smiling at me all evening and finally came up to make small talk.
As Jason Chang has found, the racist subordination of Asian American men -- often internalized as self-hatred -- is endemic not only in mainstream America, but in the counterculture of gay America.Chang has identified an injustice that straight and gay Asian American brothers should challenge together.