K-Town Reality Show Promotes New Stereotype Of Asian Men

July 28th, 2010 | 21 comments | Posted by Jen

There’s been a lot of talk about whether the K-Town Reality Show–aka “The Asian Jersey Shore”–will break down or reinforce stereotypes of Asians (check out this comment thread over at channel APA, for example).

But no one’s talking about how the show might create new stereotypes. Like, the stereotype that…


This stereotype has the potential to be seriously damaging. Think about it.

It could hurt Asian men seeking employment, especially with employers who require shirts to be worn in the workplace, a job sector where Asians have traditionally excelled.

Before you know it, “Asian men hate shirts” will become an internet meme. When people Google “Asian men,” the first suggestion that’ll come up won’t be “hairstyles,” it’ll be “hate shirts.”

Then after that, all you’ll see on TV and in movies will be Asian men with their shirts off.

This stereotype could even haunt Asian men for generations to come, causing those either brave or stupid enough to continue wearing shirts to feel like they’re not Asian enough or, worse, like they don’t exist at all.

[via channel APA]

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21 Responses to “K-Town Reality Show Promotes New Stereotype Of Asian Men”

  1. isaacakira says:

    But love love to be “shirtless” too…. (–)

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  3. cDonnaF says:

    Gosh. You might well have a point here. When I think about the Fox TV show Cops and how it reinforced the stereotype that white losers always go shirtless–and then I look around my town on a warm Saturday when all the guys are out mowing their yards–well, I just fear for today’s youth. That’s all.
    Note: my hubby does not go outside without his shirt, except when we take our daughters to the pool. ‘Cause he’s a classy guy, yo.

  4. Hisatsu says:

    Ugh, I hope this shows never makes it and burns in the fiery depths of hell for eternity. I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m not happy that a show like this will project a negative image for Asians.

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  6. filmbeats says:

    I thought Asian men already hated shirts what with Bruce Lee ripping his shirt off in his movies and that GI Joe character Quick Kick who never wore a shirt even in winter…nothing new really. It’s the revival of an old trend I’d say.

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  8. BlasianBytch says:

    Hey … at least they all appear to be wearing underwear…. *silver lining found*

  9. PoweredByRice says:

    Eh, with all of the negative shit that Asian men have had to put up with over the years…..I can live with this “problem”.

    Anything is better than being portrayed as assexual nerds.

    Now, where are my P90X DVD’s? Jeezus I gotta start working out…..

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  11. BusyDad says:

    I, for one, will not stand for this. I did not sacrifice all that gym time to master Excel spreadsheets only to be served a last minute memo to take my shirt off. If you’re going to change a stereotype on a ninja, at least give him 6 weeks to juice up.

  12. Jen says:

    @BusyDad But your spreadsheets are ripped, right?

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