Kon is right about this not being addressed, and I'm glad he's brought it up exactly in this manner. His wrath is more than understandable. In my Underappreciated Actor of Another Color series, I have tried to make a concerted effort to include a broad variety of Asian actors and comedians. I've got the Middle and Far East nailed, but I will be the first to admit the Southeast has been neglected.
Narrators, we need to talk about this. You know how to reach us, so start sending us names, links, films, articles, you name it. Thai, Laotians, Filipinos*, Malaysians, Indonesians - all of you, and then some - we hear you, and we understand. Accept our sincerest apologies.
And while we're on the subject, I'll leave with you an excerpt from our infamous kinfolk Falco, a Filipino blogger whose experience disturbed the living hell out of me:
A majority of the women who were flirting with me seemed highly aware of the fact that I was Asian. In other words, they kept saying stuff like “I love Asian men! Asian men are so sexy! Yay Asians! I love K-POP!” Now, that’s a very good thing. It’s good because a lot of Asian guys still can’t believe that non-Asian women are interested in them, SO, in effect, sometimes you Women will just have to spell it out in plain Engrish.There's not enough "Oh hell, naw" in the world.
However, when this occurs, something very interesting happens: instead of coming off as flirtatious and romantically interested, you might actually come off as someone with an Asian fetish, or someone looking to catch an Asian man, as if he were some mystical Pokemon. In some cases, the Asian fetish girls go waaayy overboard…
Example (based on TRUE events):
Scene: A Black Girl messages me on Facebook for the first time.
Black Girl: Ahn nyeong ha se yo! (hello)
Me: Uhhh… hi!
Black Girl: Eotteohke jinaeseyo? (how are you?)
*translates on Google Translate*
Me: I’m fine, thank you! How about you?
Black Girl: An nyeong ha siut seum ni ka? (I’m fine, thank you)
Me: Ummm… you know I’m not Korean, right?
Black Girl: I know ^__^
*There will be a temptation to go overboard with this one and state the obvious, like Paolo Montalban, Ernie Reyes, Jr., or the Basco brothers. Let's learn some new names, shall we?