Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self

Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self
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Hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, ISBN13 9780547450483, ISBN10 0547450486

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"A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's memoir, in the spirit of Richard Rodriquez's Hunger for Memory and Nathan McCall's Makes Me Wanna Holler--an intimate look at the mythology, experience, and psyche of the Asian American male"--

Why do so many people find Asian women sexy but Asian men sexless?

Alex Tizon's family emigrated from the Philippines when he was four. He quickly learned to be ashamed of his face, his color, his physical size. In movies and on television he saw Asian men as "servants, villains, or geeks, one-dimensional, powerless, sneaky little men." His fierce and funny observations of sex and the Asian American male include the story of his own college life in the 1980s, a tortured tutorial on just how little sex appeal accrued to the Asian man.

And then, two transformations. First, Tizon's growing understanding that shame is universal; that his own just happened to take racial shape. Next, seismic cultural changes--from Xiu Xiang's 2004 Olympic gold-winning sprint, to Jerry Yang's phenomenal success with Yahoo Inc., to Keanu Reeves' leading-man status in "The Matrix"--that draw him out of his exile.

Finally, Tizon's deeply original, taboo-bending investigation turns outward, tracking the unheard stories of young men today, in a landscape still complex but much changed for the Asian American man.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publish Date: Jun 10, 2014
ISBN-13: 9780547450483
ISBN-10: 0547450486
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.02
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.0
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