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Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity

Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity

By Matthew Salesses

In Different Racisms, Matthew Salesses explores the unique racism Asian Americans face, including the model minority myth, the impact of Jeremy Lin’s fame on Asian American representation in national media, and America’s perception of “Gangnam Style” singer and K-Pop sensation, Psy.

Salesses’ essays (and his insightful and anecdote-filled footnotes) also give an honest and personal account of growing up as a Korean adoptee raised by white parents, all the while struggling with the many conflicts associated with double-consciousness, and reflecting on the common experience the adopted child has when he looks into the mirror and all of a sudden realizes that his skin color is not the same as his parents’.

Matthew Salesses is a writer to embrace. In their beauty, strangeness, and heart, his fictions are a gift.
Paul Yoon, author of Once the Shore
About Matthew Salesses
Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea at age two and lives in Boston with his wife, baby, and cats. He has written for The New York Times Motherlode blog, NPR, Hyphen, The Rumpus, and other venues. His new book is I'm Not Saying, I'm...
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