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I wasn’t attracted to Asian men because of my own insecurities
He hates it when I do this. So do I, really. We live in San Francisco, so this dip is as common as the hills. Shame is neither the wisest nor most mature part of oneself, but it still has a voice. Other students in my class had been pairing up to date since fifth grade, exchanging love notes and making each other Alanis Morissette mixtapes. Or six th. Or seven th.
These stereotypes hurt Asian men—and Asian women
By Madelyn Chung May 27, But it was also partially about me. During my teens and early 20s, I was vehemently against dating Asian guys. When friends tried to pair me up with the one Chinese guy in elementary school, as if we were meant to be because I was the only Chinese girl, I quickly became annoyed. I scoffed and walked away, irritated at the unspoken expectation that I should to stick to my own race. Now, I can see that I was surrounded by many, many problematic messages about the desirability of Asian men or lack thereof , which in turn led me to believe that they were socially awkward, passive, unattractive—and therefore not dateable. But I also thought being paired with an Asian guy would make me seem more Asian, which I definitely did not want. Being with a white guy felt like stepping stone to being less different, or like it would make me more like the white girls I wanted to be like. Then, of course, Hollywood and pop culture reinforced this idea. And even after the success of these game-changing movies and television shows, there is still room for much more Asian representation in media.
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