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Asian/Asian-American Masculinity & Whiteness

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Lisa G.

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Transcript of Asian/Asian-American Masculinity & Whiteness

Asian/Asian-American Masculinity
King-Kok Cheung
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1984
UCLA English Department Professor
Literary Critic specializing in Asian/Asian-American Literature
International Advisory Boards of
Feminist Studies in English Literature
(Korea) &
Associate Editor of
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Art, Spirituality, and the Ethic of Care:
Alternative Masculinities in Chinese American Literature
were in place prohibiting miscegenation and the immigration of Chinese laborers' wives. These laws forced early Chinese immigrants - 90% of whom were male - to congregate in the
communities of various Chinatowns, unable to father a subsequent generation" (Cheung 262)

"After the gold rush in California and the completion of the transcontinental railroad,
job discrimination
meant that these men were employed mostly as
restaurant cooks, laundry workers, waiters, or houseboys
- jobs traditionally considered "feminine" " (Cheung 262)
Jachinson W. Chan
Ph.D. in American Literature (UC Santa Cruz, 1994)
Assistant Professor, UC Santa Barbara, 1994-2000, Department of Asian American Studies
Chinese American Masculinities: From Fu Manchu to Charlie Chan
Hong Kong
Asian-American Masculinities
"He is sometimes dangerous, sometimes friendly, but almost always characterized by a
Zen asceticism" ("Looking," 148)" (Cheung 263)

"The white stereotype of the acceptable and unacceptable Asian is utterly
without manhood
. Good or bad, the stereotypical Asian is nothing as a man. At worst, the Asian-American is contemptible because he is
womanly, effeminate, devoid of all the traditionally masculine qualities
of originality, daring, physical courage, and creativity" (Cheung 263)
"Better to be evil and chinky than sexless and obsequious" (Cheung 270)
"The irony is that even positive stereotypes have negative consequences for those who do not fit the mode. Countering negative stereotypes with positive stereotypes creates more one-dimensional models of masculine identities for Asian American men" (Chan)
Media Representations:
Romance/Dramas/Action Genres
"The replication of a normative heterosexuality would mean
to a sexual/gender hierarchy that
marginalizes other
sexual and gender identities among Asian Americans. The
project would be to
challenge and critique patriarchal hierarchies
to explore the complexity of Asian American men" (Chan)

"When an international star such as
Bruce Lee
made a name for himself in Hollywood, he
broke one stereotype and created another.
Asian American men were
no longer
weak, emasculated, and effeminate but
and powerful" (Chan)
"Asian American men are not supposed to be athletic, artistic, or creative" (Chan)

"Asian American students are problematic, though, because the pressure to succeed and the expectations to do well are so powerful that other opportunities for Asian Americans are deemed unattainable" (Chan)
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Aria Eckersley & Lisa Gu
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