Dreamboat: No Umbrellas Underground

Ms. Wang is a five-foot-two Beijing Public Transportation Servant and she’s about to shove me and three-dozen other commuters onto a packed subway car during the morning rush hour. She, like all the other Public Transportation Servants on the platform, wears a long sleeve fleece yellow polo which has to be hot as hell because the back of my shirt is already clinging to me with sweat from the collective body heat in here.

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Asian-American Masculinity in Contemporary America

My main point in reviewing this brief history is to demonstrate that the struggle of Asian Americans to assimilate into American society is inextricably linked to the historical depiction of Asian-American men as an emasculated sexual other. For Asian-American men who seek to reclaim a masculine identity, the solution might seem to be to assimilate into a Western paradigm of masculinity. 

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