Asian Men Aren’t Allowed To Be

“Men like him, the article would suggest, weren’t supposed to lose their cool-though I was never specified whether ‘like him’ meant lawyers or something else entirely. But the truth was-as Mr. Richardson recognized- that an angry Asian man didn’t fit the public’s expectations, and was therefore unnerving. Asian men could be socially inept and incompetent and ridiculous, like Long Duk Dong, or at best unthreatening and slightly buffoonish, like Jackie Chan. They’re not allowed to be angry and articulate and powerful. And possibly right, Mr. Richardson thought uneasily.” Artist: Andy Warhol