Thanks again to the redditors at reddit.com/r/aznidentity for directing me to this study done by Jason Shen. The The Asian American Man Study-2015 Results surveyed around 350 respondents, men with Asian (East, Southest, and South Asian) heritage living, working, and dating in the United States.
Shen’s questions and survey, I think, were well formed and direct, revealing an overall statistical picture of the Asian American experience for men in America (and I’m guessing also it applies similarly to Asian men in Canada too).
I urge you to read it, and as you do, imagine it is your son or brother or close friend about whom the study applies. Ask yourself if this is the social landscape he deserves to experience and whether it is the social landscape anyone deserves to face. The Executive Summary provides:
- Most Asian American men feel they are treated worse than white people but better than non-Asian minorities.
- While proud of their Asian heritage, not all Asian American men think it’s important to uphold “traditional” Asian values in their lives, though older men (35+) are more likely to say yes to this statement.
- Nearly all Asian men have been made uncomfortable by some kind of racial stereotype, the most common ones being “good at math”, “small penis”, and “good with computers”.
- Many Asian American men feel that there are still race-related obstacles holding back themselves and their ethnic peers at the workplace though they report very little overt harassment at work.
- Most Asian men have been asked “Where are you from” where the asker is looking to determine country of origin more than six times
- Most Asian men report dating and having dating preference within their own subethnicity (East, Southeast, South) though dating white people is very common.
- Nearly half of Asian men have heard someone say “I don’t date Asian men” in their presence.
On on the last point, it baffles me to hear a person claim that it is not racism when he or she has a preference against, or will not consider dating, a person because of his race.
For the Asian men, American readers who love, work, and date in this reality, take the data as a challenge, regard it as an opponent, and overcome this opponent because he is not worthy and you will not tolerate an unworthy opponent to guide and control your life. Rise above it because you are better than they who regard you as lesser.