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Peter Le out to defy Asian-American gay porn stereotypes

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Peter Le is on a one-man mission to shatter stereotypes about gay Asian-American men.

The bodybuilder, model, blogger and gay porn star spoke with TimeOut Hong Kong about his rising stardom in Asia.

Le has arguably become the biggest Asian-American gay porn star in the world, and has attained icon status in China, the most populous nation on Earth.

Born in the California city of San Jose to Vietnamese parents, Le was highly encouraged to study hard and go to college, where he earned a degree in psychology. But Le was passionate about body building and personal training, so he drifted away from his career path.

In October 2001, Le was featured in Playgirl magazine — a rare experience for Asian-American men. He would break into modeling, but said he hit the glass ceiling that exists for Asian types.

“I always felt that Asian models had to push themselves harder,” Le told TimeOut Hong Kong. “I was told that I wouldn’t go far because I was Asian. So I wanted to break the Asian stereotypes – and there are a lot out there.”

The stereotypes include that Asian men are feminized, passive and non-sexual … and that perception also applied to gay Asian men.

Le would get cast in “K-Town,” the Asian-American version of “Jersey Shore,” only to be fired after producers learned that he was doing gay porn.

But even in gay porn, Asian-Americans were often considered bottoms and Le said he is determined to shatter that stereotype. He singlehandedly aims to “redefine the Asian male as a dominant sexual force and unleash him on the world,” according to TimeOut Hong Kong.

“Back in the 70s, when white gay men saw two Asian men having sex, they called it ‘lesbian sex’,” he sasaid. “Talk about degrading! But PeterFever [Le’s website, which is X-rated] features 5-foot-5 Asian guys topping muscular, 6-foot-1 Caucasians. We’re showing that this happens and that there are options out there. Asian men are sexy – and I want us in the spotlight.”

Le said he has a legion of fans in Hong Kong and in China, where government restrictions fail to halt the watching of porn.

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