10/03/2014 03:46 pm ET Updated Oct 03, 2014

An In-Depth Cultural Analysis of Asian Male TV Characters Getting Some Action

Not so long ago, a friend and I would scream “Asian!” whenever we saw an Asian actor, anywhere, on TV. I have a distinct memory of freezing the screen the first time I saw Harry Shum Jr. on Glee. Back then, he wasn't Mike Chang or even "other Asian," but just a glorified extra who swayed like a tree in the background. Still, I remember noticing him and thinking, Whoa. He is such a babe. Those were heady times, 2009.

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