Department: Broadcast And Electronic Communication Arts (BECA)
Class: BECA 300
No Curry, No Rice
What is seen in Western movies, television, advertisements and pornography play a tremendous role in shaping viewers’ perceptions about ourselves and other people. This paper explores how racist stereotypes and the exclusion of Asian representation in Western media impact the—self and perceived—identity of gay Asian men (GAM). Reviewing academic literature such as scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, books, and articles from and about gay Asian men, gay male sexuality, and gender studies, proves that not only do racist stereotypes and the exclusion of Asian representation in Western media contribute to the erosion of GAM self-esteem and self-identity but other gay men’s perceptions of GAM. This in turn perpetuates gendered hierarchies, encourages discrimination in dating and sex, and maintains power imbalances within relationships between GAM and White men. Although the Western media’s historical exclusion of Asian faces and stories helped lead to these imbalances, the new “Asian Wave” of representation in Hollywood is looking to challenge racist stereotypes and the myopic lens through which Asian men have been viewed for so long.