sexual deviants and sexual conservatives may seem contradictory, they both serve the purpose of emasculating Asian men in a process that Eng calls “racial castration.” (Han, 2006)
Han’s observations illustrate a long timeline of examples of the gendering of the Asian male. The Asian American male is subcategorized as a geisha with a penis; or rather to use Eng’s words, to be an Asian American male is to be a castrated man with no masculine identity of his own.
When Bruce Lee penetrated the Hollywood cinema of the 1970s, his martial artistry lead to a masculinity of the Asian male in terms of strength and brute force. However, Lee was not in his films portraying an Asian American character. Lee’s voice was dubbed, and his portrayals of martial artists served only to feed another stereotype of Asian men as martial artists shouting out high-pitched warnings