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Internet forums for Asians are saturated with discussion groups with titles such as "Raise Your Hand if You Love Asian Men!!
" A thread on "When the Asian Guy Tries Too Hard" discusses the difficulty some Asian American men have attracting non-Asians -- often considered a successful sign of crossover appeal. Phil Yu, 25, a Korean American, was so angered by misconceptions about Asian Americans that he created a website, which he says receives 50,000 hits a month.
The stereotypes have a clear emotional effect on Asian American men, said William Liu, an assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Iowa.
Those who live in predominantly non-Asian communities begin to loathe their appearance and develop ideals of beauty that value blond hair and blue eyes.
His prose, which sometimes touches on myths about Asian men, is regularly performed in Def Poetry Jam's shows on HBO and at live shows nationally.
"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.
"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.
For poet Beau Sia, growing up in predominantly white Oklahoma City was alienating.