Dr. Darrell Y. Hamamoto, a professor of Asian American Studies at UC Davis decided to make the first ever Asian American porn movie, Skin on Skin. Why? There are a large number of Asian females in the US porn industry, but no males of the same race. He feels this further emasculates the Asian male, already underrepresented in mainstream media. Masters of the Pillow is a documentary by James Hou focusing on Dr. Hamamoto’s crusade and looks at the issues it raises from a variety of viewpoints. They have other professors and fairly known actors and directors weighing in, the consensus opinion being it’s probably not the best way to get this point across, but it can’t hurt.
The documentary itself is very interesting and I recommend it to anyone intrigued by the topic. Don’t be afraid to watch it if you’re not Asian, but it does contain scenes from Skin on Skin so it’s not for children.
Personally, I think with the large amount of adult movies from countries like Japan and China, there is no shortage of available imagery of Asian on Asian action for the porn consumer. Now as a statement on social issues, it’s certainly an attention getter and opens up discussion. That’s always a good thing.