This First Person column is written by Clement Goh, a second-generation Chinese Canadian and CBC journalist. For more information about CBC’s First Person stories, please see the latest FAQ.
The first go out must not feel like an effective airplane pilot occurrence. But this option does. As well as for ideal otherwise tough, I’m to tackle the newest role of one’s Far-eastern male head.
It is really not initially I have been advised can We have never understood how exactly to respond to it, simply as this is a fairly brand new event.
Asian men like myself are one of the most marginalized teams about relationship pond; for me, a handful of matches on any given day is lucky. I’ve often wondered if it was my bio or my photos. Maybe if I was a blond, blue-eyed, salmon-holding cottage country-type, my dating prospects might have been better.
But I’ve also noticed a recent shift in the last five years as Asian people anywhere between the mid-twenties so you’re able to very early 30s are still overlooked of one’s relationships industry. Thanks to a surge in popularity of films, shows and music, Asian men like me are finding their footing as sexy dating material. Specifically, K-drama heroes like Crash Landing on You’s Ri Jeong-Hyuk (played by South Korean actor Hyun Bin) or K-pop star, model and actor Rowoon have paved the way for a new kind of heart-stealer.