Asian Americans:Less likely the CEOs, More officer workers (Growing up as male/representation of power)
The typical Asian American mentality seems like hard work and studying equals brighter future. But this mentality is the wall that keeps them from the social norm. Instead of learning to enjoy life as a free individual, they are taught at a young age to rather work hard in order to maintain a high social status. Although this may seem practical in Asian culture, it’s unsuitable for American life because social life is such a big part of American culture. Lacking assertiveness and masculinity, Asian Americans seems confined in the “Bamboo Ceiling,” as New York magazine puts it, which keeps us from leadership positions and keeps us in offices as computer nerds.
Asian parents want their children to be successful and reach high paying jobs by working hard and climbing up the education ladders to be qualified and work as the future doctors, accountants, and engineers. Yes, these jobs pay well but they do not involve working with things and dealing with people at the same time. Asian parents stress the importance of education and the future, but ultimately fail to teach social norms as they are rather clouded by their system of teaching back in their own country where education is the utmost importance to your future. In the United States where educational freedom truly allows you to pursue any job you seek, you must have the social skills that allow you to take other advantages to reach success. Social skills are not only a vital nutrient to success in dealing with people, but it's an absolute necessity in being a leader, where jobs like Managers, Executives, and CEOs rule. In the United States, Asian-Americans act as a very fine worker bee instead of a queen bee.
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In the United States, the school system does not only emphasize on education alone, but also on extracurricular activities and social skills. Not only does this create a organized educational schedule, but it also promotes individualism, where creativity flourishes. This system is an opposite of the Asian Educational system where it is study, study, study, sleep (if possible at all), then repeat. They are usually at cram schools after-school and focused solely on their grades in hopes of landing a high paying job. This is the system and environment where the Asian parents grew up, and this puts them in a mindset that their child must study and reserve their intelligence for that next big test coming up. They don’t speak out in small talks that may hinder them from studying and getting the best grade in the class. Asian American children are not only trapped in this mindset by their parents, but they have to cope with the differences of their parent’s views with how they are taught differently in the United States. They are taught to study instead of socialize, work on SATs instead of practicing sports, and doing homework instead of going out with your friends.
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Held back by this mindset, they tend to be much more reserved in public spaces. In the crossfire of Asian culture and American culture, Asian American struggle to meet both demands, and they are ultimately faced to grow up as hard workers who are very intelligent but are socially poor, not able to take responsibilities of managerial positions. Now this does not mean that they lack the knowledge to be a great manager, they just lack the skills to project their knowledge. Management skills are a qualitative skill set that aren’t emphasized in Asian education.


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This is not to say Asian Americans can't get good jobs, in fact, they are very successful, as Asians as a whole have the highest average income, education, and marriage rates in America. But the truth is that they are inclined to be workers because of their background and their parents, instead of managers. Social norm standard should be set in Asian American culture, and parents need to understand that that while living in America, a child's SAT scores may be important, being able to talk to others and have a social life is also a necessity. Let them free out of the bamboo ceiling, and let them roam in the land of the free, known as the USA.


Texts to refer to....
http://nymag.com/news/features/asian-americans-2011-5/
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/pdf/marriageamongasianamericans.pdf




The Yellow Allusion (Representation of difference)

America is known as the melting pot of the world where people from all cultures blend in. But it seems that media has created an image and a guideline to how one should look and act depending on their race. Asian Americans seem to be very successful in society but the media doesn’t see them as an important figure in society. They are rather a comical figure who seems to study all day and talk with a heavy foreign accent. While they sometimes appear on television shows, movies, and magazines, often times they are represented in a way which furthers the Asian stereotypes. The media often times does not portray the diversity that is inherent in Asian American culture. The term Asian American encompasses more than 30 different ethnicities. However, the mass media often portrays Asian groups as a collective identity, increasing the stereotype that all Asians look and act alike.

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Today, Asian American males usually fall under the certain characteristics incompassing: Undesirable Male Partners, Masters of Kung Foo, Unacculturated and Unfriendly Individuals, or Dangerous, Evil, Villains. Jet Li is a prominent Asian actor figure in the United States but when he is in movies, often times he is portrayed as a martial art master villain. Movies that portray this stereotype perfectly are Lethal Weapon 4, War, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. All Asians in action scenes of movies often use martial arts instead of resorting to guns. This raises the stereotype that all Asians know kung-foo or are masters in martial arts. Asians also seem to have been known as unacculturated as shown in TV shows Lost and Heroes, showing how an Asian is supposed to act in a crowd of strangers: untalkative, unfriendly, unhelpful and rude. Many movies also show Asian women pairing off with white males. Asian American males are depicted as men who are not even capable of having an on-screen romance with someone from their own ethnic group. Movies show Asian males as being very undesirable partner in a relationship. In HBO’s Entourage, Lloyd, the Asian secretary to a film agent, is homosexual, loud, talkative, funny, and consistently stands up for himself and talks back to his boss. He is powerful and entertaining in the show, and is dating a white male. All of his characteristics go against the typical Asian character. These constant false images of how Asians act in society strengthens the stereotypes currently present in society.

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Although much of the media depicts Asian males in a negative light, there have been a few advances with Asians playing more positive roles in film and television. However, the vast majority of Asians in popular American media continue to portray negative stereotypes. We need to break down these stereotypes so that we can help them assimilate better and help them fit in. Asians should be nontraditionally cast as powerful leaders who speak perfectly good English who act like everyday citizens. Asians don’t have to stay foreigners forever, as they are already very much apparent in the current US population.

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Texts to refer to...

http://www.manaa.org/asian_stereotypes.html

http://sitemaker.umich.edu/psy457_tizzle/asian_american_men



Men with Honor (Growing up male in America)

Hypermasculinity seems to be vibrant in the twentieth century where jocks rule the popularity kingdom and nerds only hope to be rich and popular someday. This glorification of masculinity in high school is overexaggerated and teenagers are pushed to be tough and act tough during school hours and see academics as a joke if they want to look “cool”. It seems that in this day at age, showing any kind of feminism means that you are unlikeable and not belonging to a society of men. The perfect masculine man being a big, physically fit, athletic, handsome heterosexual guy who seems to be good at every sport he plays.




It’s very hard to grow up as an individual who can be both individualistic with masculine physique to stay tough as well as have the smarts to survive high school. As a teenager, it’s hard to see that focusing on academics is the most important step to getting a secure job in the future, and they are instead sucked into the glory of the high school badass.
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High School fights are a classic example of determining who is a wussy and who the king is. It’s especially hard to determine the toughest of the tough during school hours and school fights occur to settle these differences. As a masculine man, losing a battle means losing pride, it’s the sense of gives a sense of feminism to lose a fight. Feminism in male figure shows weakness and it is a disgrace to the society of manhood.


Sports also conform with this masculinity mentality. The big, handsome football star is more likely to win over any girl which would boost his popularity climbing to the top on the social scale of their high school. They are the likely ones who throw parties and hangout with the “coolest” dudes.


This forms a social pyramid in high school with the best athletes on top with semi athletes under them. Under them are the intellectual kids the ones that have all the brains, the ones that get straight “A’s” which can be divided in two. The ones that are willing to help and possibly share answers with kids above them, these boys are more popular than the ones beneath them who are mostly quiet and for whatever reason hate all the people above them. Underneath the shy, quiet yet smart kids that don’t tend to get any girls are the “weird” ones that have been categorized as “weird” through different social situations. These are the kids that may or may not be smart. In any case, they usually have potential to fare well socially but aren’t given any chance to prove themselves.
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The kids at the bottom and middle of the high school social pyramid usually have a talent, but it’s not showcased because they aren’t deemed worthy of masculinity. The social monopoly of high school jocks keep them away from having a school social melting pot. It’s wrong to discriminate against the non-athletes; they have special talents that are much more special than physical appearance or strength, and they are just as cool as the athletes, if not more.
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Texts to refer to...

http://www.hiceducation.org/edu_proceedings/Blye%20W.%20Frank.pdf

http://www.sexandgender.net/2009/10/15/hegemonic-masculinity-and-social-scripts-in-a-all-male-highschool/

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Growing up with Hercules and Simba (Connection)


"Boys grow up to see themselves as the princes, the saviors to lost women who just need a man to add a little bit of purpose to their lives. Boys are taught that women will do anything and give up anything just to be with them, so for what reason do boys need to do anything except swoop in, do something heroic, and look handsome?" -Katy Z

I believe that boys are manipulated not only in high school but even at an earlier age. They are taught racism; heroes conforming to western handsome men and villains being represented by minorities with evilish grins. They are taught to be strong, physically fit and athletic and to be brave, even as far as fearless. The are taught to have power over females, and act as heroes saving the "weaker" gender, as prince saving the suffering princess. They are also taught to have rich status or at least look rich and look charming and act famous or be famous. It's almost as if they are teaching you to be dominant fools over the female gender.

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Characters are taught to have great physique starting from the young age. Simba and Hercules are a great examples of what a male figure should be. Helpful to others, they are attractive and dominant over others. They grow up to be stronger and are a ladies magnet. They are to act corresponding to how women acts, and there is always that one girl that you see who looks brighter than others. They are to act as rescuers and heroes, something always happens to the heroine and they are there to simply save them and become their Prince Charming.


Texts to refer to...

http://www.helium.com/items/1456629-masculinity-in-disney-films

http://www.helium.com/items/1727009-masculinity-in-disney

http://katyzuchowski.wikispaces.com/Disney+Princesses+Shaping+America%27s+Children+and+Their+Gender+Roles