As an Asian-American I'm offended by the stereotype that Asian men aren't attractive. I think men of any ethnicity are totally capable of being sexy, it's just that the Western media chooses to focus on European features as the attractive ones. A narrative that harms all people of color, not just Asians.
I went to Vancouver once -- the city outside of Asia with the most Asians -- and was totally blown away with the amount of Asian representation they had on their billboards and in their ads. It was unbelievably refreshing to see Asian men portrayed as "sexy" and honestly, it was kind of a relief to not see blonde, blue eyed "hunks" everywhere.
In an attempt to increase awareness of Asian mens sex appeal, here are a few Asian men that I personally find attractive.
Going by the stage name Kai, this 23-year-old has gained notoriety for his dancing skills and the heart-stopping ability to be simultaneously cute and sexy. A member of the popular K-pop group Exo, this guy is constantly striving to improve.
After a series of stints in South Korean dramas, the 38-year-old proved he could lead a film with his starring role in the zombie flick Train to Busan (one of my favorite zombie movies to-date). Besides being utterly adorable he's also an amazing actor.
This talented powerhouse is another member of K-pop group Exo. Don't let his babyface fool you, Chanyeol is 24, and an amazing rapper, drummer, guitarist and painter. Are you impressed yet?
This former musican founded Dream Perfect Regime (DPR), a Korean indie group, and is now their visual director. Since he now works behind the scenes it's harder to find him, but he's super active on Instagram -- either posting unbelievably sexy selfies or his hardcore workout routine.
Ross Butler's casting in 13 Reasons Why was an incredible achievement for the Asian-American community. While the character he plays is a huge douche (a refreshing casting choice for an Asian actor) Ross is far from it. He's a total dork, which makes him all the more charming.
The least famous person on this list, Yuya is my Asian crush. The 19-year-old is half Japanese and half American, but has spent most of his life as an aspiring actor, he most recently starred in the reality TV show, Terrace House, where I couldn't help but root for his current relationship while I stared at his face.
This charming gentleman has been in quite a few TV shows over the years, but his most recent gig is the one I'm most excited for. He'll be starring in The Resident, a new medical drama that's sure to impress. He doesn't play the typical accented Indian character, instead he's a nervous intern with an Ivy League diploma. Another win for diversity here!
This Japanese actor has been featured in a variety of TV shows and movies in his home country, but he's still relatively unknown. For now at least. With a live action film based on the manga series Bleach in the works, with Sota in the starring roll, he's sure to become a huge star.
Booboo being onscreen isn't only important for Asian men, but also Native American men. He has Japanese, Chinese and Korean ancestry on his mother's side and Blackfoot ancestry on his father's. What a mix. You may recognize him from the Twilight films, but he more recently starred in Disney's Descendants series.
How do you feel about Asian men now?