Are Asian American men really small, or just insecure?

As most of you have noticed by now, I’m always interested in posting stuff about Asian American (straight) men’s issues and the rather annoying paradox of representation in American media: Asian American men bitch about not being represented in the media, but when they’re called out to actively participate, they’d rather not put themselves out there, thus exacerbating the problem.

Jeff Yang in his regular column today does a great job talking about this in terms of straight porn and the absolute lack of Asian American straight male porn stars, and the collective insecurity that many straight Asian men have about their bodies and their dicks.  Yang interviews Keni Styles (warning: this link is NSFW–and I’ve talked about him before)  and his rise to being one of the most sought after straight porn stars in the business–and his opinion on why straight Asian American men appear to be, well, all talk and no action.

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About Efren

Efren is a 30-something queer Filipino American guy living in San Francisco. In the past, he was a wanna-be academic even teaching in Asian American studies at San Francisco State, a wanna-be queer rights and HIV activist, and he used to "blog" when that meant spewing one's college student angst using a text editor on a terminal screen to write in a BBS or usenet back in the early 90s. For all his railing against the model minority myth, he's realized he's done something only a few people can claim--getting into UCSF twice, once for a PhD program in medical sociology which he left; and then for pharmacy school, where he'll be a member of the class of '13. He apologizes profusely for setting the bar unintentionally high for his cousins. blog twitter
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