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It was a regular day on the old social media feed. I was seeing what my old boss was up to on his Insta stories when one image stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a photo of Steven Yeun of Minari fame. The photo was part of the cover story for the April issue of GQ.
Yeun was basking in the golden afternoon light like he just woke up from a nap, shirt unbuttoned half-way. How did little Glen , that wily pizza boy from The Walking Dead , grow up to be such a fine specimen of a man? The photo shoot coincided with the historic announcement of Yeun's nomination for an Oscar for Best Lead Actor. Yeun is the first Asian-American nominee in the category for his role as Jacob in Minari. Eye candy aside, Minrari was also the first movie my partner Andrew and I saw physically at the cinemas in over a year after the pandemic struck.
Watching movies has always been an important part of our relationship from the beginning. It still is. Andrew is a cinephile. He doesn't discriminate. I find his IMDB knowledge sexy. Which is strange, because when we first met, I wasn't into Asian men at all. Like me, Andrew is Vietnamese-Catholic. I had always vowed that I would never marry someone like him. My mum had a turbulent relationship with my father. Growing up, she would routinely tell my sister and I to avoid Vietnamese men. Occasionally, she might even suggest, why don't we avoid men in general and become nuns?
So when I met Andrew, it was already deeply ingrained in my psyche to not find Asian men attractive. Which is why I was surprised to find myself drawn to him. He is six foot tall, slender, slightly nerdy with glasses, a great dresser. He was also into alternative music and indie films. Not even Idris Elba was considered attractive back in the 90s and he is so damn fine. When Andrew started dating a caucasian girl, he would regularly get high-fived for it. White men going for Asian women is common. But an Asian boy with a white girl was rare.
Even when he would get compliments on his looks it was always with a disclaimer. For all the annoyance at the oversight of male Asian hotness, I must confess - for a while I was guilty of of my own prejudice. Andrew would be a beautiful, caring, and physically attractive person if he was any other race. These days, the world is slowly getting better at recognising the beauty in Asian men.
Marvel have just dropped the trailer starring Simu Liu of Kim's Convenience fame. He is the first Asian comic book hero to ever grace our screens and he's a total stud. A part of me suspects I am punching above my weight with my husband, since we met at a time when he had no idea how handsome he is. But truth be told, I'm happy to reap the benefits.
As an Asian woman, I understand the undercurrent of fear I am a walking target for three reasons — I am a woman, I am Asian, and I wear hijab. How I began to love my Asian nose The final step in my journey to nosepositivity was motherhood.
And rather than feeling disappointment, all I could see was total perfection. The restorative power of Asian grocery stores Even with an idyllic lifestyle and newfound freedom, my parents longed for familiarity. Looking back on our Sydney road trips, I realise they were an attempt to take a tiny piece of China back to Newcastle with them.
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