Instances of Asian males featured as a romantic lead can be counted on one hand.European beauty standards remain the dominant aesthetic in our culture.The event, which corralled graduate students of all backgrounds, provided each pairing with four minutes to strike up a conversation.Asian men, who accounted for over 20 percent of the dating body, were at a considerable disadvantage in the experiment.This multilateral web of discrimination is one reason for the balkanization of dating into factional—or “niche”—services.
An analysis of the 100 highest-grossing films of 2014 found that Asians constituted only 5.3 percent of speaking characters.
As cultural authorities, magazines and television help define the boundaries of human beauty.
The appeal of certain features may stem from some biological imperative, but for the most part physical attractiveness is as manufactured as trends in fashion.
On Ok Cupid, black and Indian males had the lowest response rates of any ethnic group.
Among women, black and Native American women yielded the lowest response rates, but only by a slight margin.
More than 40 of these films had no Asian characters, while Asian men were by far the least sexualized of all race types. Of the Asian men that do appear on screen, most adhere to outdated stereotypes.