Bowen Yang’s conversion therapy experience spotlights pressures on gay Asians

Bowen Yang during the 2020 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on Jan. 14, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif.Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP file

By Julian Shen-Berro

Comedian Bowen Yang, the first Chinese American to join the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” underwent an experience as a teenager that was anything but funny — gay conversion therapy — turning the spotlight on the unique cultural pressures that Asian Americans face when they come out to their families.

Yang, who talked about growing up in a recent interview with The New York Times, has quickly gained fame for playing characters including […]


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