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Internalized Gendered Racism in Asian American Women’s Accounts of Asian and White Masculinities
Unformatted Document Text:  1 Asian American Women’s Accounts of Asian and White Masculinities: An Example of Internalized Gendered Racism Karen Pyke Department of Sociology University of California Riverside, CA 92521-0419 ## email not listed ## Abstract The intersectionality of race and gender inequality generate a variety of oppressive structures or “scattered hegemonies” that cannot be adequately understood by focusing exclusively on their gendered or racial components. There is a simultaneity to structures of domination which generate forms of racial oppression that are gendered and forms of gender oppression that are racialized. In this presentation I discuss those forms of racism that denigrate the masculinity of Asian males, which I refer to as gendered racism. The exaggerated and derogatory images of Asian American masculinity serve to glorify those forms of masculinity associated with white males. I examine the specific forms of gendered racism that second generation Korean and Vietnamese American males face, and describe how these demonizing myths and images shape the perceptions of Asian American women. In an analysis of 100 interviews with daughters of Korean and Vietnamese immigrants, I find that they frequently juxtapose derogatory images of Asian masculinity with positive images of white masculinity that are circulated in the white-dominated society. In so doing, they (re)construct white males as more attractive and more gender egalitarian than Asian males. This form of internalized gendered racism is part of the process by which Asian American females are

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Asian American Women’s Accounts of Asian and White Masculinities:
An Example of Internalized Gendered Racism
Karen Pyke
Department of Sociology
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0419
## email not listed ##
Abstract
The intersectionality of race and gender inequality generate a variety of oppressive
structures or “scattered hegemonies” that cannot be adequately understood by focusing
exclusively on their gendered or racial components. There is a simultaneity to structures of
domination which generate forms of racial oppression that are gendered and forms of gender
oppression that are racialized. In this presentation I discuss those forms of racism that denigrate
the masculinity of Asian males, which I refer to as gendered racism. The exaggerated and
derogatory images of Asian American masculinity serve to glorify those
forms of masculinity associated with white males. I examine the specific
forms of gendered racism that second generation Korean and Vietnamese
American males face, and describe how these demonizing myths and
images shape the perceptions of Asian American women.
In an analysis of 100 interviews with daughters of Korean and Vietnamese immigrants, I
find that they frequently juxtapose derogatory images of Asian masculinity with positive images
of white masculinity that are circulated in the white-dominated society. In so doing, they
(re)construct white males as more attractive and more gender egalitarian than Asian males. This
form of internalized gendered racism is part of the process by which Asian American females are


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