There wasn't an Asian among them, which reinforced what he has long believed: that cliches and stereotypes about Asian men have rendered them sexual afterthoughts.
"You aren't creating your own images," the 50-year-old Japanese American told the UC Davis class. You have to take it into your own hands." Like Hamamoto, hundreds of Asian American men are writing books and poems and creating websites in hopes of redefining themselves by combating the enduring notion that they are sub-masculine.
For poet Beau Sia, growing up in predominantly white Oklahoma City was alienating.
Romantic opportunities in high school did not exist.
With pent-up frustration, it wasn't until he left for New York University as a teenager that he began to develop his forceful poetry delivery.
There, he soon learned what it was like to bask in female attention.
Many Asian Americans are still horrified by older images such as writer Sax Rohmer's books about the sinister Dr. Yunioshi from "Breakfast at Tiffany's," perhaps the character Asian Americans most commonly identify as a racist icon of an earlier Hollywood.
"It's taken years working and performing around the country to help me understand that I'm not bad looking," said the 27-year-old with angular features and stylish hair. For decades, they encountered a barrage of discrimination that prevented them from owning property or marrying outside their race.Many are offended that Asian men are projected as power players when it comes to intellectual intercourse but bystanders in the world of romance."Racist myths and assumptions about smaller stature -- smaller eyes -- and less sexual and erotic drive -- have stymied the development and acceptance of Asian American men as full erotic beings," writes novelist and UCLA professor Russell Leong in the foreword of a collection of Asian American erotic literature.A recent uproar on Yu's site erupted when magazine published a pictorial in its April issue titled "Asian or Gay? on the latest edition of 'The Bachelorette,' Andy [Chang] got eliminated right away. Like she was going to choose the lone, token Asian guy out of that bunch?" Yu quickly rallied his readers by saying, "It seriously pulls out every offensive, stereotypical Asian pop culture reference imaginable, objectifying and exoticizing Asian men into a sexual stereotype." A mid-January posting read: "Bad week for Asian men on reality TV . " Days after he was booted, Chang said he was disappointed he was the only bachelor that didn't get a one-on-one meeting with Meredith Phillips, the ABC show's bachelorette.
Chang, a Chinese American dentist based in a Dallas suburb, says he's the antithesis of the socially inept Asian typecast.