Cooking is one of the main ways that mainstream US culture has sought to understand Asian-ness,” says Kent Ono of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who teaches a course on Asian Americans in food media. “One can consume it in one’s home, without Asians present. One can watch a TV show and not have to engage with Asian Americans.” But in those other arenas, Ono notes, the opportunity to comfortably inhabit one’s Asian heritage is blocked by the submissive stereotype – both for men and women. Far more eloquent writers have covered the limitations of Asianness better than I could, but one thing remains true: as Ono states, “It is a very powerful stereotype and it’s very, very derogatory and has tremendously negative impacts on Asian-American communities.
— Over at the Braiser, Tina Nguyen asks, "Is media coverage of Asian-American chefs a good thing?"