Sportsnation unite!

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In it, I have presented various Asian American Athletes that I believe were or still are the most prominent. With their impressive feats and awe- inspiring abilities, they have gained international praise and support. Their immense success is magnified as they were able to bypass the typical Asian stereotypes of being un-athletic. But no matter how impressive their accomplishments were, they still faced racial issues and stereotypes. Even though we live in a much less prejudiced world, racial bias is still very prevalent.

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White man > (Asian man = White woman)?

For majority of Richard Fung’s “Looking for my Penis,” he recounts analytical experiences of watching gay pornography. He points out that majority of the films interested audiences have encountered circles around primarily white figures. From what he notices, the white homosexual male commonly takes a considerably more masculine and assertive role as opposed to the Asian male. That is to say that despite the similar sexual orientation being shared by the actors, the Asian is still somehow reduced to a more feminine and submissive version between the gay males. Fung also mentioned that while the fantasies commonly had the white man take the wealthy position role, he could not remember any instances of seeing a white male as the servant or underdog.

If Asian males were to be included at all, they take on the demeaning role of becoming a lesser servant who can not be measured equivalent to the white actors. In rare scenes where the Asian man do take the initiative, the focus is shifted towards the reaction of the white man. Such emphasis inevitably decentralizes the attention away from the Asian’s dominant position and lowers his significance as the authority. Fung admits that while sex is pleasure, it is also pain and humiliation because it constantly reminds him of his place and boundaries.This ties back to common theme of reduced manliness within traditional Asian men. As if taking an inferior stance in the heterosexual world wasn’t bad enough, the assumption is carried over into male homosexuality. The Asian man always must yield to someone deemed more masculine.

M Butterfly, a film I watched in a prior ASAM class, ambiguously touches on the topic of homosexual masculinity between a western man (Gallimard) and an eastern man (Song). For majority of the movie, Song disguises himself as an oriental female who warmly bonds with Gallimard. With the display of several scenes of physical affection and the final revelation of Song’s gender, the audience has to decide whether Gallimard was aware of the situation or not. Taking into consideration the length of the relationship, it is likely that Gallimard had known all along. This could mean Gallimard was homosexual and merely took on the more masculine identity in relation to his western origins. The other possibility is that Gallimard compared a clearly male Song to a western female. Because even a western female is equally or more masculine to an eastern male, Song’s actual gender would hardly be distinguishable in the eyes of a western Gallimard…

Random confrontations with homosexuality and masculinity:
As far as the course readings go, Yankee Dawg You Die does contain minor details that could allude to Vincent’s actual homosexual orientation. His telephone talk with Kenneth alludes to this as well as the necessity to be a ‘leading man’. The American Born Chinese and Chew seems to focus less on the concerns of Asian masculinity and more towards the stereotypes of being animal- like and different. Yet the sheer size and power that Mason has over Tony may very well prescribe to the  inferior physique and stature of the man from the east. He may be manly, but certainly not as manly as Mason…

Greetings all!

Hello everyone! My name is Kelvin Liang and I will officially be a third year this coming fall. My freshman instincts have guided me towards an Economics and Accounting major that I admit has been filled with insights and disappointments. I am also pursuing an Asian American Studies minor in order to gain some background awareness of my parents’ experiences as immigrants. As embarrassing as it is for a college caliber student, Japanese cartoons like Dragon Ball-Z, Naruto, and Pokemon continue to intrigue me. This spectrum of anime and manga has definitely captured a good portion of what I consider to be the best of Asian American Pop Culture.

When pop culture is mentioned, ‘trending’ is the first word that comes to my mind. More specifically, I believe popular culture refers to a set of interests that a major group of people simultaneously share during a particular time period. Sports teams, musical artists, apparel styles, and tourist attractions all fall under this category because the popularity is primarily owed to the many loyal fans and supporters. Then is Asian American pop culture just another branch of prevalent interests allocated towards the Asian ethnicity? To a degree, it would appear so- as Jeremy Lin, Jackie Chan, and the Dalai Llama were all elicited into prominence through the media’s emphasis of race. I guess the most significant reason for studying popular culture is to know how and why it came to be. From an economic standpoint however, producing commodities associated or manipulated with the hype will certainly assure greater profits in a commerce driven world.