The legislation worked hand-in-hand with the campaign on the cultural front, warning men and women of the Yellow Peril and peppering newspapers with caricatures that clearly showed these coolies as less than regular men.
(MTV News' webseries has a good — and educating — rundown of this history.) This is where the "tiny Asian penis" jokes on our talk shows, playgrounds and Oscar stages come from.
’ ‘No.’ ‘Thank you.’” The comedian then offered a sequel, “Same thing. Instead, the butt of his joke was Asian men (all 2 billion of them), and the point of the joke was: the idea that they could possibly be attractive is .
Problem is, he didn’t actually manage to hit any of the eminently mockable aspects of the book, from its predatory creepiness to its own racist profiling (of white women).
It’s the legacy of deliberate discrimination in our country’s history, just as the hypersexualization of black men has its damaging roots in slavery. Without even getting into the more life-threatening ramifications of sexual stereotyping, there's ample statistical and anecdotal evidence that black and Asian men take a hit in the dating pool because of perception bias.
(So do black women, which is one reason why Viola Davis has repeatedly celebrated her protagonist's sexual desirability and prowess.) Short of personally evaluating enough members of a single race to form a statistically significant judgment on their sexual viability, we tend to rely on popular culture to shape popular opinion.
Sure, and they’re as common as unicorns (okay, more like wild pandas).