Unfortunately, he chose to deal with his feelings of masculine inadequacy with violence. Check out the Fung Brothers, Niga Higa, and Kev Jumba on You Tube.And this is not just a problem for heterosexual Asian-American men. Whether they intend to or not, these young Asian-American men are showing Americans that Asian-American men are just—well—typical American men.For instance, Hmong and Cambodian students are classified as “Asian,” but perform significantly lower than their classmates from East Asian backgrounds.But what’s so bad about a “positive” stereotype that Asian-American men do well in school, you ask? When we assume Asian-American boys are doing well in school, we overlook individual needs. Because of this myth, Asian-American men are being passed up for higher-level leadership positions.We fail to support our students who need the most help. In fact, the “model minority” myth is so pervasive that it has actually effectively distracted us from noticing the .While women in the workplace are butting heads with the glass ceiling, Asian-Americans are feeling the stall in their careers as well.Asian-American men are also stereotyped and seen as less masculine within the queer community. Though they do touch upon racial stereotypes once in a while, these You Tubers mostly make funny videos about current events, food, and relationships. Not all Asian-American men are nerdy or good at math either.Stereotyped as “small” on the size spectrum, Asian-American men in the queer community are often assumed to be “bottoms,” “feminine,” and “lesser than.” Long Duk Dong managed to simultaneously perpetuate the myth that Asians all have comical mono-syllabic foreign names and remind us to think about Asian penises. , which will be based on his life growing up in Florida and listening to hip hop. In fact, when we think about the overwhelming statistics that Asians are better at math, we are usually referring to studies that compare American students to students in other Asian countries.
We need to stop recycling these racially-driven stereotypes because they only perpetuate the idea that black men are physically deviant and that Asian men are intellectually divergent.What makes a “real” man, If “real” men are those who have lead roles on TV and “get the girl” in movies, then Asian-American men certainly aren’t “real” men.Media has traditionally painted Asian-American men as sidekicks who serve as comic relief (see: Ken Jeong in any of his roles, such as Glenn Rhee, played by Korean-American Steven Yeun, shows us that an Asian-American man can not only “make it” in the zombie apocalypse, but he can also have a relationship built on love and trust. In fact, Glenn has become a leader on the show and makes trusted decisions.So I have an issue with the idea that anyone represents a “real” man or woman, period.When we categorize someone as a “real” man, we are really just preoccupied with penises, vaginas, and social rules.