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For the Women Who Love Asian American Men

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You probably already know that Mr. Hyphen was crowned two weeks ago. 

Mr. Hyphen 2009: Pahole Sookkasikon

There was also a good article from the Associated Press that talked about how Hyphen Magazine’s Mr. Hyphen knocks down stereotypes of Asian American men.   One of the judges for the contest,  author and activist Helen Zia, says this in the article:

His total package exemplifies what one contest judge, the activist and writer Helen Zia, called the growing “Asian-American renaissance.”

“It really is taking a page out of what W.E.B. DuBois and the African-American leaders of that period were talking about: culture,” Zia said. “This is about changing the view in the American mind and the American culture about what is the Asian-American man.”

Zia said the earliest American images of Asians depicted them as a subhuman, invading, vermin-like population, then as servile, emasculated and asexual. Modern stereotypes focus on “model minority” smart students, Fu Manchu villains and kung-fu action heroes.

Deseret News, ‘Mr. Hyphen’ redefines image of Asian-American men1Dec09

I am definitely all for seeing a fully fledged idea of what Asian American men are about instead of the stereotypes that they are all math geniuses or martial artists.  So big ups to Mr. Sookkaisikon as he goes about his year cutting ribbons at store openings and going on talk shows.

What…?  He doesn’t get to do that…?  Well that sucks.  Finally a pageant winner I wouldn’t mind seeing in a topless bathing suit scandal and he’s hardly going to get noticed?  What-ev!

 Well, he’ll always get some love here.  Kudos to you, Sookkaisikon!  Hope to see more of you in the future.

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Written by rentec

19 December, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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  1. killing time at a holiday gathering, i ran into your website while egotistically flipping through google for my name — stupid, huh? well, thanks for the shout out and the well-wishing, it made my day.

    fyi, i ran through your website and was fascinated by all the entries you had written. i actually forwarded the url to my homegirl who does academic research on asian/americans of mixed race as well. cheers mama.

    p

    26 December, 2009 at 1:31 am

  2. Thanks for stopping by. And please forward the site to your friend.

    rentec

    8 January, 2010 at 1:22 am


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