Published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science , the research led by Sapna Cheryan and Mika Semrow describes four studies that came to such conclusions, Pacific Standard reports. In the second study, university students were similarly assigned to read a description of either a man or a woman. This time, the subject was described as either white or Asian-American, and either gay or of an unspecified sexual orientation. Just like in the first study, Asian Americans were seen as more American if they identified as gay. According to the researchers, a person is seen as effectively having adopted American cultural values if he or she identifies as gay.
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Research has shown that Asian Americans , and people of color in general, are seen as less American than white Americans, and face prejudice and discrimination throughout various aspects of life. Regarding sexual orientation, studies have found that, relative to countries such as Japan and South Korea, the United States has implemented more civil rights and anti-discrimination legislation , and is seen as more LGBTQ-friendly. The new UW research involved four separate, diverse groups of participants drawn from the UW student population, all of whom were asked to answer questions related to brief, written descriptions of hypothetical people or scenarios. The second study used similar questions, but included a greater variety of hypothetical people: men, women, whites and Asian Americans. The same results emerged: Asian Americans identified as gay were perceived to be more American than Asian Americans whose sexual orientation was not identified. In one study, researchers wrote descriptions of fake countries that were either presented as less welcoming and accepting of gay people than the U.
And being an Oriental, I could never be completely a man. The story follows a French soldier who is sent to China where he eventually falls in love with a man disguised as a woman. Certainly, a progressive story for the time period. The line above from the production still rings true, forty years later, at least for many Asian American men. After all, throughout the past few decades, American culture has attempted to completely castrate Asian American men and their masculine identities.
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