What Women Think of Asian Stereotypes: Drones, Predators, and K-pop (2 of 4)

Women often view Asian men through negative Asian stereotypes. When the typical non-Asian who has no real understanding of modern Asian-American culture hears “Asian men,” visions of the fobby and nerdy Asian Long Duk Dong often fill their heads. Asian men are often portrayed and borderline vilified as asexual, nerdy drones who are obsessed with porn and are, on the occasion that they do manage to find a girl, violent.

This needs to stop now.

There are many various reasons that girls ignore an Asian guy, but I compiled a list of the eleven most common Asian stereotypes that I hear. I’m not all about negativity. On the contrary, there are certain stereotypes about Asian men that actually drive women WILD (click here and here to see them). I even have several female staff members who exclusively date Asian men. There’s hope for us Asian guys in the world.

But in the interest of your self-betterment, this particular article will deal with the negative stereotypes women often have about Asian men so you can help combat the problem.

Today, we’re continuing with a four-part series on common stereotypes women have of Asian men, and how you can combat these negative images. Look for the first three common stereotypes in Part 1: Asexual Nerds.

This probably isn't what she had in mind when she thought about Asian guys, but show her that it's what you can be.

This probably isn’t what she had in mind when she thought about Asian guys, but show her that it’s what you can be.

#4 Drones

 WHAT SHE THINKS:

Visualize a tough guy for a moment. He’s muscular, edgy, always got a plan and rebellious in all the right ways, with or without a cause. He knows exactly what to say, when to say it and doesn’t play by anyone’s rules except his own. He saves a damsel in distress in the nick of time and always has a witty one-liner when doing so. Now, what race is this tough guy? Think hard, and keep those Asian stereotypes in mind. In her mind, he’s most likely white (although there are plenty of African-American archetypes like this, Caucasians are usually the first to come to mind). Sadly enough, he’s rarely Asian… even if an Asian guy does fit the above description. So, while she’s busy picturing Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone, she’s not even wasting a moment on the Asian man, whom she depicts as more or less a beta male. In her mind, all Asian guys are the same; they’re all packaged into some cookie-cutter mold of a second-class kind of guy. In other words, they’re faceless drones.

WHY THIS IS BAD:

A faceless drone just isn’t sexy, regardless. If she doesn’t even look at you or consider you because you remind her of that, then you have no chance of being her sexy Asian guy. Even though this Asian stereotype should be pretty self-explanatory, it’s bad because, no matter how hard you work out, how much muscle you gain or how big your arms become, that archetype of the macho Asian man doesn’t exist on a grand scale. While there has been an influx of Asian men hitting the gyms to offset the small, nerdy, beta-male stigma, the female perception of Asian male masculinity in the average American woman isn’t quite up to standard. As such, she’s going to assume that, if you’re not big and muscular, you’re just the quiet Asian guy who always sat at the front of the class, eager to learn but never willing to go grab coffee with the group after a study session.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

It’s all about how you present yourself. I’m 5’5” but people KNOW when I make an entrance. I have presence and people pay attention to that. I have style and people recognize that. I may not be an Adonis, but the way I carry myself makes me a sexy Asian guy. If you work out, shape up, demand attention and command it when you have it, people will realize that you’re not the puny pipsqueak from gym class back in middle school. One thing you can do to add to your presence is gain muscle. By simply lifting weights, taking protein supplements, and exercising regularly, you can tone up and build more mass, creating a positive feedback loop. For example, building muscle makes you appear to have more presence. Exhibiting more presence will cause you to feel more masculine. Feeling more masculine will make you want to go work out. By continuing to work out, you will gain more muscle and presence and feel more masculine. Eventually, you’ll gain more confidence because you feel better about yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally, shattering this Asian stereotype from any girls you encounter and turning yourself into the sexy Asian guy of her dreams.

You and I both know that this guy doesn't represent the typical Asian... so don't start creeping her out and letting her think that he does.

You and I both know that this guy doesn’t represent the typical Asian… so don’t start creeping her out and letting her think that he does.

#5 Predators and Wife-Beaters

 WHAT SHE THINKS:

Recently popularized by Gordon Wu who allegedly made an unwanted advance on an 18 year old girl, the predator and wife-beater Asian stereotype is one I hear quite often. Whether or not Wu did it, there is an interesting point of wife-beaters being asexual or predatory but racial prejudice is illogical. While Asian men are usually not considered dangerous, there is a stigma that if we can’t get it by charm then we will get it by underhanded sneakiness. When she sees you in the club, there is an offhand chance she is thinking this, but it’s really only if you give her a reason to.

WHY IT’S BAD:

This one should go without saying. Sexy Asian guys just aren’t creepy, scary, or sketch. I doubt anyone wants to be lumped into the category of predators or wife-beaters, but the fact of the matter is, it can happen. Whenever there’s a crime committed by an Asian man and it spreads like wildfire all over the news, it sets an archetype for Asian men everywhere. During WWII, thousands of Japanese-Americans were sent to internment camps for fear of any of these citizens being spies. Remember the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho? He struck fear into the hearts of many and made people wary of an angry Asian man. Thanks to men like Cho and Wu, we get the Asian stereotype of being malicious, predatory men unfit for society due to our cultural differences. If she senses something off about you, even for a second, she may have images of these men in her head and think twice about dating you.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Don’t come off as creepy. You can do this by re-evaluating your posture, facial expressions, and mannerisms. If you move awkwardly, are too touchy-feely, and have a smile like Gary Busey, then it’s really time to train yourself how to behave in a manner more pleasing to those around you.

Don’t act too desperate or needy – you CAN live without that girl at the end of the bar, so don’t act like she’s the last female on Earth.

Appear to have women around you. This will social-proof you and make you seem more sexually appealing to other women. While you should always be yourself, it’s better to be your BEST self. By doing this, you can shake off this predatory, wife-beater image and be seen as the normal person that you actually are.

I seriously thought this was a woman.

I seriously thought this was a woman.

#6 Asexual or Hyper feminine

 WHAT SHE THINKS:

For whatever reason, this country loves to portray Asian men as sexually unappealing as possible. Since Asian men are family-oriented and loyal,this can initially be a good image of us, but they take it to the extreme and make it seem like we can only get one woman or none at all. Hyper-femininity is an offshoot of this, exacerbated by the prevailing trends of K-pop and the worldwide Hallyu (Korean wave). When a girl sees any Asian media, she’s subjected to boy-bands dancing in formation with the latest hairstyles and thinner than she is. Upon first glance, she’s more likely to find that unattractive due to the media she’s come to know and love all her life.

WHY THIS IS BAD:

Being in tune with your metro-sexuality looks pretty but, in all honesty, it doesn’t get you laid and will simply typecast you into this Asian stereotype. If you happen to pass by one of these girls with your hummingbird-like metabolism, K-pop clothes and just a dash of blush (yes, ladies and gents, I’ve seen grown men wear more blush than Ronald McDonald), she’s going to feel less feminine simply by being in your presence. Just as men love it when a woman makes them feel masculine, women love feeling feminine. If you are more feminine than she is, it makes her feel uncomfortable and makes you seem unworthy to date. If you usurp her femininity by reminding her of the latest K-pop star with your ultra-metro fashion, you’re not a sexy Asian guy in her eyes. You’re just not.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

If you want to be sexy in skinny jeans, this country isn't the right place to do it.

If you want to be sexy in skinny jeans, this country isn’t the right place to do it.

If you’re seen as too feminine, do more activities that make you feel masculine and don’t push you into this Asian stereotype. Take competitive sports. Change your fashion. Stop wearing makeup. Wear masculine type clothes. There are male archetypes that you can follow, you just have to stop looking at the more feminine ones and find some that bring out your inner-masculinity.

After all, you are a man – it’s not too deep down.

While some of you will argue that being a man is different compared to each country and it’s possible that K-Pop is considered somewhat manly in Korea, I have to point out that we are not in Korea and that your average American woman is not going to be impressed when your K-pop fashion looks like you can fit into her jeans from high school.

These are just three of eleven Asian stereotypes women tend to have. Look for the next piece of this four-part series, coming soon, where we’ll discuss the myth of the Asian paper tigers. The best way to beat these Asian stereotypes is to show beautiful women that Asian men are not at all what they expected.

If you still have trouble getting over these negative Asian stereotypes and you’re tired of being the nerdy Asian guy in the group, hit me up at one of my bootcamps and I’ll kick your ass into dating shape!

  • Zoey X

    Greetings,
    Interesting post. As a black Taino or black indigenous identified genderqueer woman. I can relate to your post. In the Caribbean where I am from I am expected to identity as Spanish or Hispanic or Latina. Spanish is a language and Hispanic and Latina mean originating from parts of Europe colonized by Spain.

    My culture of Taino was erased and then mixed with African slaves then forced whitewashing created even more racism within the Caribbean. Many Caribbean people do not acknowledge their blackness. There is this idea of passing or identifying as Spanish from Spain and erasing slavery and the Caribbean Native Americans. The domestication of the noble savage.

    Then here in NYC there is this exotic hyper sexualized perception of Boricuas or Puerto Ricans. The NY post published an offensive picture of the Puerto Rican parade (which I don’t attend, I am boricua everyday). Two scantily clad women with painted breasts representing the flag. They were models who were not Puerto Rican.

    So Latinas or Hispanics get the Jezebel label like blacks while Asians receive the exotic submissive label. The quiet Asian who is a nonsexual threat and has to be seduced into promiscuity. After the Vietnam war the Asian Jezebel emerged, “me love you long time” where women had to hustle in order to sustain themselves which in turn became a generalization of the Asian race.

    For Asian men they seem to be portrayed in this almost androgynous sense. You can google images of black men, Hispanic men, white men and compare them to Asian men. They seem to almost be posed in effeminate ways.

    I think Asian men are sexy and have their own swag. I have experienced the shy Asian guy and the sexually clear and passionate Asian guy. They have to own their type of sexy and redefine it for others to interpret it properly. Asian porn stars like keni styles and Asian actors who partake in interracial romantic roles help to break these stereotypes. Look at the film with Alyaih black hip hop actress and Jet Li. They never kissed and it was passionless.

    We need more writers and films presenting another idea of what Asian sexuality, passion and masculinity looks like.

    Being genderqueer I am attracted to the personality or essence of the person before their physical form. Not everyone shares my perspective and has set preferences they operate from.

    I am open to all races yet have my own preference for Asians and people from the Caribbean. Their phenotypes seems to arouse in me a greater attraction then white or black. Yet I also think shaming also drives a wedge. I have been shamed and accused of yellow fever when dating an Asian person by nonasians. Our connection seems minimized by shaming. It’s not a genuine attraction it becomes fetishized.

    Yet I have dated everything under the sun due to being attracted to the individual and who they are rather than their race. Black, white, middle eastern, Latino, South American, Asian etc. Love and physical attraction always will surprise you if you are open to it.

    I believe Asian masculinity can be impacted positively by presentation. Women are more sexually open and are owning their passions so I feel if the right presentation of an Asian man comes along and is sexy as hell they will support his career. Hot is hot and humans are visual creatures.

    Also we have to remember.
    You can be the rippest juiciest peach. And meet someone not into peaches.

    Just a thought.
    Z