In Richard Fung’s “Looking for my Penis,” Fung discusses how the gay porn industry lacks roles and representation of Asian males. He addresses how the dominant culture in the industry favors the Caucasians and how media tends to sway our focus away from the secondary characters and actors, such as Asian actors. “Even in the one sequence of Asian Knights in which the Asian actor fucks the white man, the scenario privileges the pleasure of the white man over that of the Asian.” Fung also states that the works and productions have been sexualized, emasculating the Asian role to make the white man more dominant and more objectified. This suggests that gay Asian males are have limited roles, restricting their representation on film. It can be said the same with the hypersexualized view of Asian women in the media, such as the limited representation of the Dragon Lady or the Lotus Blossom (Fung). In many films, Asian actors are either a supporting actor or blurred into the crowd, seldom are they the leads with all the privilege.
Fung’s research to gay men in the porn industry on the interests of white men resembles closely to the portrayal of Asian men in the media. In Rush Hour, Lee (Jackie Chan) and Carter (Chris Tucker) pursue a male villain, Juntao, who happens to be White using an alias. It is misguiding because the name seemed very “Asian” and influenced many to believe that Sang was the mastermind behind it. But like Fung had suggested, the Asian actor had only the interest of the white man and depicting him as a subordinate and more belittling role than deserved, even though the initial thought was that the villain was Asian, but instead servile to the white man.
Many skills and attributes the Asian actors possess are overlooked by the industries because they tend to focus more on the white male character. As we see Asians in gay porn and Sang in Rush Hour, their contributions and efforts are predominantly utilized to serve the white male. Both are able to exhibit their masculinity in different methods, Sang with the triad perspective, and gay Asian males enjoying sex for his pleasure, but the dynamics of that masculinity are dispersed to support the white male role. Fung sees that “porn can be an active agent in representing and reproducing a sex-race status quo. We cannot attain a healthy alliance without coming to terms with these differences” (Fung). The lack of representations of any group means the reliance on the set stereotypes of the groups, which hinders the growth of the community when people can only relate groups with stereotypes due to their roles being marginalized.