This can be a piece on Banana Journal founders Vicki Ho and Kathleen Tso as instructed to Attract. Banana Journal is an annual print publication devoted to modern Asian tradition. Ho and Tso based it in 2014 after noticing the dearth of a platform that brings the rising Asian artistic group collectively. Right here, they talk about their fourth situation, which focuses on the query of “What’s Asian-American masculinity and femininity?”

The thought of exploring Asian masculinity and femininity initially got here from an intimate panel we held at New York’s Ludlow Home centered on open conversations relating to Asian masculinity — an typically sophisticated topic. Hosted by Sizzling 97 DJ Miss Information, the panel consisted of Jian DeLeon, editorial director of Highsnobiety; David Yi, founding father of males’s magnificence website Very Good Mild; Jeff Staple, founding father of Staple Design; Kevin Kreider, health coach and mannequin; and rapper Rick Lee, higher referred to as Lyricks.

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With the #MeToo and #TimesUp actions rising up across the time of our panel, it additional uncovered what many people have intuitively recognized: the gender norms we’re surrounded by inside the U.S. are poisonous. But whether or not it’s stereotypes of asexual males or “dragon women,” Asian-Individuals haven’t all the time sat comfortably in mainstream Western gender roles anyway. We acknowledged there was an enormous dialog inside our collective and modern Asian identification in how we expertise gender.

Whether or not it’s stereotypes of asexual males or “dragon women,”
Asian-Individuals haven’t all the time sat comfortably in mainstream Western
gender roles.

We knew we needed to increase the dialogue past simply masculinity and knew we wished to seek out Asians who can be keen to share their private journeys with gender identification. So, for Situation 004, we used our print platform to proceed exploring the multitude of how Asian-Individuals are embracing, rejecting, or reinterpreting gender beliefs.

After spending time with every of the folks we profiled and diving into their tales, we discovered that a few of our topics reject patriarchy and privilege, whereas others consciously select to play into sure stereotypes. Regardless, they have been collectively united in doing what comes naturally to them: embracing who they’re, even when it led to troublesome negotiations with their household, group, and even themselves. We noticed how Asian femininity is being embraced as a type of empowerment, pushing apart stereotypes of the submissive Asian lady. Masculinity, in the meantime, is an idea that many felt wanted to be redefined.

Banana Magazine Issue 004 Next Generation Baesians

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As an alternative of making an attempt to suit right into a heteronormative, white-privileged house, there’s a chance to create new definitions of Asian-American masculinity, femininity, and every thing in between. We will conceive of gender identities which are extra cohesive, equal, and numerous. Maybe the current second may be a chance in addition to a problem.

We have been extremely lucky to have the chance to talk with queer collective Bubble_T, comic Will Choi, and racecar driver Verena Mei. We received to satisfy dominatrixes, Lucy Sweetkill, Dia Dynasty and Yin Q; and in addition plus-sized mannequin P.S. Kaguya for his or her tackle the very private matter at hand. In Banana Journal’s fourth situation, we explored a Chinese language-American magnificence pageant, the Miss Angel Mannequin Contest, which displays conventional Asian femininity.

Via Attract we’re excited to share extra on that Chinese language-American magnificence pageant expertise by means of the eyes of our photographer An Rong Xu and narrated by our co-founder of Chinese language-American descent, Vicki Ho.

As an alternative of making an attempt to suit right into a heteronormative, white-privileged
house, there’s a chance to create new definitions of
Asian-American masculinity, femininity, and every thing in between.

Beneath is an excerpt from Banana Journal Situation 004, entitled “Miss Mannequin Angel”:

Miss Model Angel Beauty Pageant Banana Magazine

An Rong Xu

Magnificence pageants in New York’s Chinese language diasporas have all the time been a well-liked type of traditionalism and group constructing whereas selling native Chinatown companies. Like watered-down variations of the well-known TVB-owned Miss Chinese language Worldwide Magnificence Pageant, contests of assorted stature steadily grace again covers of Chinese language-language newspapers reminiscent of Sing Tao Every day or World Journal, proper subsequent to former pageant winners modeling for Chinatown jewellery outlets.

Miss Model Angel Beauty Pageant Banana Magazine An Rong Xu

An Rong Xu

Each woman appeared to uphold the identical look — lengthy, darkish brown or black
hair that curled about two thirds down the nape; milky white pores and skin
tone; completely crammed eyebrows; a slim body.

I may by no means learn Chinese language effectively however rising up in Brooklyn, I all the time discovered myself flipping by means of the pageant commercials, curious concerning the magnificence requirements and style model on these women who shared appearances I used to be acquainted with however nonetheless felt international to me. Each woman appeared to uphold the identical look — lengthy, darkish brown or black hair that curled about two thirds down the nape; milky white pores and skin tone; completely crammed eyebrows; a slim body.

Miss Model Angel Beauty Pageant Banana Magazine An Rong Xu

An Rong Xu

I all the time questioned what it took, bodily and emotionally, to take part. On this collection, photographer An Rong Xu shares a glimpse of native New York magnificence pageant, the Miss Angel Mannequin Contest from 2013. It’s an exploration of the interior workings behind a way of life of conventional Chinese language magnificence, advantage, and group satisfaction.

Miss Model Angel Beauty Pageant Banana Magazine An Rong Xu

An Rong Xu

To learn Banana Journal‘s whole situation 004, which is a print-only publication, discover a difficulty at banana-mag.com. It’s also possible to join their publication and comply with @bananamag on Instagram and Fb.


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