“It’s Asian Men!” was inspired by the Haikus With Hotties project
Directed by NaRhee Ahn
Produced by NaRhee Ahn, Junko Goda and Dorothy Xiao
Cast: Yoshi Sudarso, Junko Goda, Bo Haan, Cedric Jonathan, and Randel Cuevas
Ada Tseng never thought her idea of a calendar filled with hot Asian men would actually come to fruition. But two full successful fundraisers later, she’s proven herself wrong with Haikus With Hotties.
What better way to kick off 2017 in earnest than with sexy dudes and syllabic poetry? The second annual “Haikus With Hotties” calendar is here to satisfy you body and soul with 12 months of attractive Asian creative-types and their self-written haikus–but this time, they’re wearing their words on their own sculpted bods.
Guess what! Two hotties from ISAtv made it onto a calendar filled with HOT ASIAN MEN? Mike Bow + DANakaDAN take part in this sizzling hot photoshoot and talk Asian Male Masculinity!
The 2017 Haikus on Hotties calendar is available now and features Asian American men and their Haikus. Creator and Founder Ada Tseng joins Generation Now’s Kat Iniba to talk about the new calendar. Also joining Ada are hotties, Yoshi Sudarso and Kenta Seki and Filmmaker/Actress Junko Goda who was inspired by the calendar and produced the short film, It’s Asian Men.
These guys are serious eye candy — but they’re also busting some serious stereotypes. “I hope our silly calendar makes people realize how silly it is that Asian men aren’t often cast as desirable romantic leads in the mainstream media ― and how easy it is to change.”
Vishavjit Singh is the cartoonist behind Sikhtoons, and he’s also a Sikh Captain America. Gerrard Lobo is an actor who appeared on Master of None playing the role of Anush.
Here’s an idea / Let’s write poems on hotties / Best calendar ever. Yes, the lauded Haikus calendar is back for a second year, and this time, the haikus are not just with the hotties but on the hotties. Helllllo, Haikus On Hotties.
Last year, a genius idea was formed in Haikus With Hotties, where a group of gorgeous Asian-American men came together to have their photos taken and answer questions with haikus. This year, they’re taking it even further–Haikus With Hotties is now Haikus On Hotties, and sees the guys wearing their poetry on their bodies. Luckily for us, that usually involves them taking clothes off.
You need to click on this post. There is a video with impressive slow-motion effects.
“Haikus With Hotties,” the magazine feature that became a calendar in 2016 is expected to make a return next year featuring more haikus, more hotties, and a twist, according to its creator.
Guest post by Ada Tseng
But to many, Tseng is known as the woman behind the infamous Haikus With Hotties series, a silly-but-clever idea that featured attractive Asian-American male stars and their handwritten haikus among the pages of Audrey Magazine; it gained so much popularity it was turned into a smokin’-hot calendar, à la Sports Illustrated.
Now, if the producer of Asian-America’s pre-eminent news and pop culture site deems something #veryimportant, I of course have to click to find out more. Also — OK, fine — maybe it had something to do with the picture attached to the tweet: two shirtless men lounging at the beach with neon floaties hugging their tanned, chiseled abs.
We’re talking to people who refuse to live within a stereotype: the creator of a calendar featuring hot Asian men; a researcher who’s attempting to prove the Asian model minority stereotype holds other minorities down; Google’s “chief education evangelist,” who still considers himself an outsider and questions things like dress codes; and an MIT professor who teaches people they need to change their idea of what a professor looks like.
In 2015, one woman made it her mission to spread Asian hotness around the world in a project called Haikus with Hotties – where the author “asks hot Asian men to exchange poetry.”
The 2016 Haikus With Hotties calendar is the perfect gift for your best friend who gets that daze in her eyes whenever Daniel Henney is mentioned; your smart cousin who wishes you read real poetry but loves you for the pop culture junkie you are; your co-worker who needs a killer white elephant gift to match the Justin Bieber doll he brought to the office party last year; or anyone with eyes who thinks it’s pretty hot when attractive Asian men don’t take themselves too seriously.
I wasn’t trying to make a statement, but I do think that the reason people like it is because there aren’t enough well-rounded portrayals of hot Asian men in mainstream media and everyone is hungry for more.
This week, Marvin and Minji are joined on the KollabCast by seasoned journalists Ada Tseng and Reera Yoo. Together they delve into the origin story of Ada’s Haiku for Hotties Kickstarter and discuss what makes an Asian Hottie, as well as Asians in showbusiness, how millenials get their news, and pop culture gaps!
A Very Important research project featuring hot Asian guys and poetry.