Or, is beauty merely a social construct amplified by popular culture?After more than a dozen interviews, I found some fascinating answers that go back two centuries of history.
Since the day you were born, different influences on your mind – the bedtime stories your Mom read, the cartoons you saw as kid, the school you went to and the wallpaper on your computer – have come together to create a cohesive image of the world.In the final scene of the original cut, Jet Li’s character kisses O’Day, played by the late hip-hop star Aaliyah.However, test screenings showed that viewers did not approve of the kiss; the final cut saw the kiss changed to a hug and a fourth-grade-style holding of hands.The “Fast and Furious” franchise also breaks the stereotype in movies three to six, in which Taiwanese-born American director Justin Lin hired Sung Kang to play the role of the macho Han Seoul-Oh.The stigma of Asians’ femininity began with the first wave of Chinese immigrants to America in the late 19th century, says Ji-Yeon Yuh, an Asian-American history professor at Northwestern University. As Asian men went in great numbers to seek white wives, white American men saw the invasion as a peril and started branding the Asian bachelors as asexual and homosexual.This interaction between an Asian male and black female may have been unappealing, or too daring, to viewers.
Long Duck Dong, a foreign exchange students, plays the role of a total dork who with sophomoric innuendo keeps proposing to suburban teenager Samantha, while she craves romantic attention from the high-school’s hunk Jake.
Second, Asian men have been de-sexualized as small and weak brainiacs excelling at math but unable to get the girl, while black women have been seen as too aggressive, independent and outspoken to be proper wives.
The third stereotype portrays whites in a position of power and “globally desired,” a key to gaining a higher social status.
He is horny yet emasculated by his obvious foreignness (he doesn’t know what quiche is and uses a knife and fork like chopsticks).
Only recently has Hollywood deviated a bit from the cliché with characters like Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly of “Hawaii Five-O.” Walter Hill’s 2013 action film “Bullet to the Head” stars Sylvester Stallone whose character’s daughter initiates a romantic relationship with Asian actor Sung Kang.
My female friends didn’t share the ‘yellow fever.’ Why the different attitudes? Difference in height can also partially explain the observed results, he said.