We’re moving!

•February 6, 2007 • 1 Comment

We’re moving address to “http://orientalis.sentientmind.com“. Please visit the site at that address. Many things will be updated soon with interesting articles, history, as well as tidbits on Asian male representation in the media and how it is reflected in society.

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Asian Stud: Oh Ji-ho

•February 3, 2007 • 3 Comments

Here is another hot-off-the plate Asian Adonis from South Korea. Oh Ji-ho (b. 1976, 6’0″) has recently appeared in a few films, prior to which he was a model of sorts. He’s also attracted some contraversy as a woman recently killed herself over him.

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Asian Stud: Edison Chen

•January 27, 2007 • 2 Comments

This Chinese-Canadian’s popularity has exploded in recent years throughout Asia. Though born and raised mostly in Vancouvor, Edison (b. 1980, 5’10”) Chen’s family is originally from Hong Kong. After re-establishing himself in HK, he has become wildly popular singer/actor. Again, almost unknown in the US with the exception of a role in the remake of The Grudge 2.

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Asian Stud: Won Bin

•January 24, 2007 • 1 Comment

Heartthrob and actor Won Bin (b. 1977, 5’10”) has been in only limited roles in film and television in his native Korea, but this fact has not limited his status as male sex icon. His career is definitely on the rise.

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Asian Stud: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

•January 22, 2007 • 1 Comment

World renowned actor Tony Leung’s talent is undeniable – arguably the world’s best actor in the judgement of many. This Hong Kong native is lauded the world over for the soulful expressions conveyed by his eyes alone. Most Westerners are familiar of Mr. Leung through his collaborations with director Wong Kar-Wai’s many art house flicks. Most recently he’s appeared in Andrew Lau’s “Infernal Affairs” (remaded as Scorsese’s “The Departed”, though the original is much better), Zhang Yimou’s “Hero”, Wong Kar-Wai’s “2046”. To date, Mr. Leung has not ventured into any English speaking roles due to what he considers as a dirth of quality roles given to Asian actors in Hollywood. However, this might change as there are rumors of his English film debut in a lead as a detective.

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Asian Survivor Guy: Take Two

•January 17, 2007 • Leave a Comment

A bit late. But, just want to give a point of praise for Yul Kwon for winning Survivor 13; whilst playing the inherently duplicitous game with a lot of integrity and representing Asian male image well. We should note also that part of his motivation for joining the show was to improve what he perceived (as we do) as the unfair and skewed media representation of Asians. You go dude, fight the good fight.

Here is a great brief on his victory from the San Francisco Chronicle: ‘Survivor’ winner shattered stereotypes en route to victory

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Asian Stud: Louis Koo Tin-Lok

•January 15, 2007 • 3 Comments

Hong Kong based Lous Koo (b. 1970) has become somewhat of a fixture in his native home town. The 5’11” actor started out mostly in television and has become quite popular in Asia, but of course unknown in the US and the West. While it is common in the East for people to be well-familiar with Western media – in fact, they are inundated with it) – the reverse is never reciprocated in the West. Primarily, this is due to the fact that American media regularly export, but seldome import any Asian media in the mainstream – unless it’s patently slated for the ‘artsy’ crowd; while the more mainstream Asian ‘pop’ movies designed for mass consumption never makes it to US shores because the Hollywood studios will leverage their monopoly and buy the rights to Asian films and REMAKE/bastardize them with an all White cast. Well, we can rant on this more later …

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