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Senthorun also wrote of being able to perform internal ‘whiteness’ which people are able to use in order to belong.
When asked about his reasons for making the movie, Ray answered that he noticed a lack of gay Asian men who were interested in other gay Asian men in western countries.
In one scene in the movie, a young Caucasian man eyes and approaches the main character Ryan as he and his love interest Ning dance in a nightclub.
The underlying sentiments behind these words were all understood like a piece of ironic fashion though.
We all knew because of our shared cultural background that we all took part on a similar journey of sexual racism.
GROWING up as a queer Asian person in Australia can be a unique and tiring ordeal.
Trying to figure out which culture you belong to as well as dealing with potential racism is a commonly shared experience. In attendance was an audience compromised of mostly gay Asian men and we all silently acknowledged each other’s collective experiences as some chuckled at this comment.
Reflected in the fragments of his personality are echoes of Asian gay men who live in Western countries.
People whose everyday lives becomes a negotiated and cultural amalgamation of Asian, Western and queer identities. Are our desires influenced by our struggle for identity?
What he expressed seems to also suggest that if we have a chance to show how non-stereotypical we are, we then can prove how ‘white’ we are on the inside.
Growing up as an Asian person in Australia can also be a disorientating experience be- cause of the bodies that surround us.