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Portrayal of Asian American Men in Mainstream Media – Apr 16

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Asian American Coalition & UI Cultural Centers presents Dr. William Ming Liu on “Asian American Masculinity: The Portrayal of Asian American Men in Mainstream Media.”

Date: Thursday | April 16th, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Asian Pacific American Cultural Center 223 Lucon Drive  319-335-2719

Dr. Liu is the Program Director for the Counseling Psychology Program. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland. At the University of Maryland, he founded the Asian American Studies Program and was the advisor to the Asian American Student Union. He has taught Introduction to Asian American Studies, Asian American Masculinity, and Asian Americans in Media. He was also the conference chair for the East of California, Asian American Studies Conference while at UM. He currently researches and publishes in the areas of poverty and masculinity, and has a forthcoming edited book on Asian American masculinity. He is the associate editor for the Psychology of Men and Masculinity as well as several other research journals.

UI professor Jennifer Feeley recommends the following books and films to those who are interested in this event. Feeley joined the Dept. of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature in Fall 2008 and has been teaching courses like “Asian Humanities China”, “Transnational Chinese Cinemas”, “Modern Chinese Writers”, and “Seminar in Chinese Fiction: Modern and Contemporary Urban Literature and Culture.”


  1. Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America by David Eng
    Main Library E184.O6 E53 2001
  2. Writing Manhood in Black and Yellow: Ralph Ellison, Frank Chin, and the Literary Politics of Identity by Daniel Kim
    Main Library PS3553.H4897 Z74 2005
  3. Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity by David Mura
    Main Library E184.J3 M7844 1996
  4. Chinese American Masculinities: From Fu Manchu to Bruce Lee by Jachinson Chan
    Main Library P94.5.C57 C48 2001


  1. The Slanted Screen (Location Main Media Services Video record 26678 DVD ) is probably the best film for this purpose.
  2. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle dir. Danny Leiner.  (Again, a fiction film, but the Asian American male leads are atypical.) Location Main Media Services Video record 16509 DVD
  3. Any Bruce Lee/Jackie Chan film.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information or directions, please contact Hien Luong ( or Lilly Chen (