Overview of Masculinity Curriculum

This set of lesson plans centers around Asian American masculinity and identity formation.

Objectives include seeking answers to the following questions:

  1. What role do laws and policies (immigration, labor market, anti-miscegenation) play in the historical construction of Asian American masculinity?
  2. What role do discourses, such as the trope of yellow peril, play in the construction of Asian American masculinity?
  3. How do Asian American men today engage in various practices in order to construct their own sense of identity and masculinity?
  4. What is the relationship between Asian American masculinity and the appropriation of black masculinity and hip hop culture?
  5. What impact do such practices have on Asian American women and Asian Americans who identify as LGBTQ+?
  6. In what ways is the construction of Asian American masculinity also tied to anti-blackness, homophobia, and misogyny?
  7. What roles do popular culture and new media play in the perceptions of Asian American masculinity?
  8. In discourse about Asian American masculinity, whose voices are marginalized?

The lesson plan is divided into multiple sessions. Session 1 introduces the topic of Asian American masculinity through new media and pop culture. Session 2 provides historical context regarding the immigration policies from which tropes of Asian American masculinity originated. Session 3 delves into the ethnography by Stanley I. Thangaraj, Desi Hoop Dreams, which explores the masculinity construction of South Asian American men who engage in “brown out” basketball. Session 4 will conclude by drawing connections between the sessions, invoking reflections, and identifying areas of further study.

Find Session 1 here.

Find Session 2 here.

Find Session 3 here.

Find Session 4 here.


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