Abstract

(published to my blog by mistake) I plan to write a paper about the depiction of masculinity in the past and how the common stereotypes still exist and how the hyper masculinity has changed and is being portrayed today. My focus will be on identifying similarities in the roles of the Asian American men as portrayed today in popular media as well as contrasting the re masculinized male with the stereotyped de masculinized male. Actors such as Ken Jeong, for example, and his impact on perception of Asian males in media will be discussed. I will examine how popular films such as the Hangover, that utilize these strong racial stereotypes, affect the young Asian male in day to day life.

Historical context for popular films today will be analyzed and I will analyze the similarities and the roles they play in maintaining the image of the castrated Asian male. I will also present smaller projects to remasculinize the Asian male such as those by youtube stars including Justkiddingfilms. It will be interesting to see how the role of the Asian American man has changed over the years and hope that progress will destroy these stereotypes.

Works Cited

1. Yankee Dawg You Die by Philip Gotanda

2. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

3.“Popular Culture: This Ain’t No Sideshow“ George Lipsitz

4. Various films and video clips.

1 thought on “Abstract

  1. There’s a lot going on here. It might be wise to narrow the focus a bit and center your argument (or maybe a set of questions to guide your project) around a specific figure within a few texts. If you’re interested in the Leslie Chow character from The Hangover, you may want to look at the recurring figure of the Asian gangster. There are a ton of films you can draw from (Lethal Weapon 4, Year of the Dragon, Big Trouble in Little China, etc.), so maybe choose a couple from different historical moments and keep your analysis to two or three. Make sure you do close readings of the characters (the language they use in dialogue, their dress and comportment, how they appear in the narrative, etc.) and suggest a compelling argument that comes from the readings. The original textual readings should be the crux of the paper. Feel free to come see me if you need more guidance.

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