Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self (Hardcover)

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This is more a biography of an entire group of people rather than an individual. Tizon writes about growing up as a Filipino-American, yet it is a highly recognizable tale other Asian-Americans (like myself) can fully relate to. This bio becomes more of an investigative study on the concept of masculinity and a criticism about an overlooked aspect of American culture.

— From Kalani


An award-winning writer takes a groundbreaking look at the experience and psyche of the Asian American male.   Alex Tizon landed in an America that saw Asian women as sexy and Asian men as sexless. Immigrating from the Philippines as a young boy, everything he saw and heard taught him to be ashamed of his face, his skin color, his height. His fierce and funny observations of sex and the Asian American male include his own quest for love during college in the 1980s, a tortured tutorial on stereotypes that still make it hard for Asian men to get the girl. Tizon writes: "I had to educate myself on my own worth. It was a sloppy, piecemeal education, but I had to do it because no one else was going to do it for me." And then, a transformation. First, Tizon's growing understanding that shame is universal: that his own just happened to be about race. Next, seismic cultural changes - from Jerry Yang's phenomenal success with Yahoo Inc., to actor Ken Watanabe's emergence in Hollywood blockbusters, to Jeremy Lin's meteoric NBA rise. Finally, Tizon's deeply original, taboo-bending investigation turns outward, tracking the unheard stories of young Asian men today, in a landscape still complex but much changed for the Asian American man.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780547450483
ISBN-10: 0547450486
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: June 10th, 2014
Pages: 261
Language: English