It was a regular day on the old social media feed. I was seeing what my old boss was up to on his Insta stories when one image stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a photo of Steven Yeun of Minari fame. The photo was part of the cover story for the April issue of GQ. Yeun was basking in the golden afternoon light like he just woke up from a nap, shirt unbuttoned half-way.
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Asian guys stereotyped and excluded in online dating
Asian American masculinity has been linked to the model minority myth and a hierarchy of racist stereotypes. I used to believe it myself. Until I moved to Korea when I was 23, visiting for the first time since my adoption at age two, I dated only white women. As an adoptee with white parents, whiteness was the model of desire I knew. During my childhood, my parents insisted that we were the same as any other family — which, because they were white, I took as saying I must be as white as them to be their son.
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Written by Andrew Kung. All opinions expressed in this article belong to the author. Beauty is a new section of CNN Style. I always knew that, as an Asian American man growing up in the United States, I wasn't as desirable or "American" as my peers. As a kid, I never saw Asian men dating outside of our race, or with white women especially.
I was born in a small port town in Japan and moved to Eugene, Oregon, when I was 5 years old, where I lived until I graduated college. Friends casually called us racial slurs. I brushed most of these comments off as well-intentioned, if misguided, jokes.