By Alexander "Alex" Yeh, Asians in Animation Team
Positive masculinity or healthy masculinity is the antithesis of toxic masculinity. It is the rejection of the cultural pressure put on men to behave a certain way, such as the expectation of men to be tough and to downplay or hide their emotions.
When you think of positive Asian masculinity, what characters come to mind? Here’s what came to mind for our team member, Alex Yeh.
Di Martino, Michael, and Bryan Konietzko. Avatar: The Last Airbender. Netflix, Nickelodeon Animation, 2005, www.netflix.com/search?q=avatar&jbv=70142405.
Ehaz, Aaron. The Dragon Prince. Netflix, 2005, https://www.netflix.com/search?q=the%20dragon%20&jbv=80212245.
Nagasaki, Kenji, Yuki Hayashi, and Kōhei Horikoshi. My Hero Academia: Season Two, Part One. , 2018.
Levant, Ronald F, and Gini Kopecky. Masculinity Reconstructed: Changing the Rules of Manhood at Work, in Relationships and in Family Life. New York N.Y: Dutton, 1995. Print.
Needing More Represent-Asian: Celebrating Pixar's Short Film "Sanjay's Super Team" – A Guest Post By Maansi Sunkara, Founder of Asian Queens in Animation
Meet our friend, former DreamWorks production intern, and founder of Asian Queens in Animation, Maansi Sunkara. Her passion for helping more Asians break into the animation industry knows no bounds, but it all started with one short film by Sanjay Patel.
Thanks for writing a guest column with us, Maansi! We love you and all you do!