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Thu, Feb 9, 2017 4:35 AM

Live Poll: Crazy Sexy Asians

The popularity of the "Starring John Cho" memes highlight another of the many problems Hollywood has with casting - the assumption that worldwide audiences can only reliably relate to straight white male protagonists. From an interview in Salon magazine with up-and-coming actor Jake Choi, "Asian men in media are so de-sexualized and emasculated. Part of it is fear and racism. And Asian woman can be with a white man because that doesn't compromise white male sexuality and dominance and the perception of straight white male insecurity. Crazy Rich Asians (2018) aside, Asian men are mainly portrayed as emasculated. Even ads do a better job than films to portray sexy Asians.

When Jet Li and Aaliyah made Romeo Must Die (2000) they shot a kissing scene, but it was cut from the film. Now, wanting to be objectified might sound silly or superficial. But framing an up-and-coming actor as a swoon-worthy hunk is a major part of how Hollywood grooms leading men like Channing Tatum, Michael B. Jordan and Chris Pratt.

Which of these swoon-worthy Asian actors do you think has the most "hot leading man" potential?

* actors must currently be between 20 and 40 years old

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls063098081/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/FkaiS1yIRVg/

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4 years ago

Hi Jen,

I understand that you post your live polls in the category "Questions", but I would recommend to post your suggestions in the category "Ideas". Otherwise it will become confusing.

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2 years ago

I thought that stereotype (emasculation etc.) was usually against men of East-Asian descent, not really those of Indian, Pakistani or Middle-Eastern background (for instance, the depiction of Dev Patel in Lion was quite flattering as far as masculinity went)... 

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I'm not quite following what you're saying?

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2 years ago

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Thanks, but the list is already full.

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:(

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2 years ago

Constance Wu and Henry Golding in Crazy Rich Asians 2018

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2 years ago

I totally revised this list. I limited it to actors currently 20-40 so the list is very different. And I changed the intro and the title.

Silitonga, I added your suggestions.

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Jen,

I restored the list link in your original post, which I inadvertently deleted when I updated it at your request.

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2 years ago

Cho

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2 years ago

You have Daniel Henney twice. 

Typo: An Asian woman can be with a white man because that doesn't compromise ...

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Also, it looks like one image is missing; there are 34 in your list, but it says "35 images".

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Jen,

I've confirmed that your list is missing an image.

From what I can tell, this is the missing image:
17 Ki Hong Lee

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I don't get why these photos keep dropping. They're already up on the site...

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Jen,

Thanks for replacing the image for 17 Ki Hong Lee.

I agree, the disappearing images is becoming problematic.

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2 years ago

Our varying standards of beauty make poll suggestions like this difficult to evaluate. Throwing in extra criteria like "muscularity", "athleticism" and popularity would help. (IMDb has a meter for popularity, by the way.) The list is full (or almost full) too. I would nominate Wang* Talu, and Kris Wu. I would have to drops items, taking care to keep Iko Uwais, Avan Jogia, Godfrey Gao, Rain, Yoshi Sudarso and Mahesh Jadu, and perhaps Jordan Rodrigues, Shazad Latif, Liu* Simu, Manish Dayal, Harry Shum Jr., Steven Yuen and Gerrard Lobo.

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2 years ago

The list is finalized.

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Jen,

I pushed your poll a few minutes before you made your last edit. If you did not change the order of the choices. I can re-push the poll.

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Jen,

I re-pushed your poll to capture your latest changes, since it had no effect on the 2 votes already cast.

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Sorry for that.

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Jen,

Since we cannot know when someone is editing a list, polls will occasionally get pushed while the author is editing the poll. Fortunately, this happens infrequently.

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