Chinese Triad, Japanese Yakuza, Korean Gangsters, all of these have slightly different styles and looks. Japanese Triads for example all have tattoos of their original tribes while the Chinese mafia styles differs between generations (old boss and young guns) and gangs.
In general, however, there is a romanticized version of the “Asian gangster” as portrayed in American films like Rush Hour, Romeo Must Die, and Cradle 2 The Grave.
|Unique Style Qualities:||Rough and edgy but yet with a sense of pride in details and sophistication. Regular use of black and white and color contrasts in suits, colorful tattoos, scars|
|Common Clothing Items:||Black suits, white shirts, facial hair, color-rimmed glasses, black ties|
|Style Attraction Switches (SAS)||Lifestyle, Social Connections, Fun and Danger, Access to Resources, Power, Physical Protector, Bad Boy Aura|
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|Natural Habitat||Asian nightclubs, bars, whorehouses, Karaoke bars, Asian tea bars and Asian restaurants|
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The Asian gangster can be studied for Asian men in America to further exemplify the dominance of this particular stereotype. There are many negatives associated with the gangster life, including death and drugs and all sorts of bad things. However, their style remains one of the few accepted “sexual male stereotypes” in Western film making.
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Example of Asian Gangsters as played by Russell Wong in Romeo Must Die: