An emasculated Asian man?  Doesn’t that just tickle your funny bone already?

Wait: An Asian man who can’t get laid.  Ha-Ha!!  I am laughing so hard that my fingers are unable to type anything understandable.

Really.  How old is this crap?  Apparently not too old for CBS’s 2 Broke Girls.  This week’s episode had Han, the thick-accented, creepy, dorky guy played by Matthew Moy, try to be hip.  He organized a flash mob.  And tried to dress ghetto.  All for the sake of trying to get laid.  And to top it off, he needed help to procure a girl.

The majority of the episode featured his attempts at all this.  And while he indeed did get a girl (or a “guy-girl,” as she was called earlier in the show), it was a quick bit, not the basis of his subplot.

2 Broke Girls with Han

Photo: Richard Cartwright/CBS ©2011 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Right Reserved.

The episode was written by former It’s Sunny in Philadelphia scribes Sonny Lee and Patrick Walsh.  Yes, Sonny Lee is Asian.  And as told here on Wide Lantern several times before, Sonny Lee accused Daniel Chun, writer of The Office, of playing the “Asian card” when Chun commented on the stereotypical Han Lee character.

"Broken Blossoms"

"Broken Blossoms" with Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess

There’s a history to emasculated Asian men on film that goes way back to the silent movie area with Broken Blossoms.  So when these types of labored images keep on popping up, it’s not just playing the Asian card; it’s playing it in the context of history.  And one that’s pretty humorless, and sadly offensive.

 

Ken Choy

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