This year’s Mr. Panasia was a HUGE SUCCESS! Our contestants included Archit Baskaran, Brian Hallis, Varun Bhatnagar, Allan Heo, Kevin Luong, all who were celebrities tonight at our Night With the Stars.
Representations of Asian/Asian-American men in the media and in our culture typically give us narrow definitions of what masculinity looks like, but Mr. Panasia helps break stereotypes and expand our conceptions of what masculinity is!
The audience got to see our contestants play silly games and answer a variety of questions, topics ranging from their morning routines to the undervalued qualities of masculinity. Our contestants also performed a variety of talents including poetry readings, rapping, singing, and even a demonstration of the rapid speaking used in policy debate (which involved the most interesting rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” that APAC has ever heard.)
This year’s Mr. Panasia is freshman Archit Baskaran! The runner-up was junior Kevin Luong (who is also the current External President of APAC), and our Mr. Congeniality was freshman Daniel Li (who is part of APAC’s Junior Exec board). Congrats, guys! We want to thank all the contestants for their talent, sense of humor, and unending glamour. Thanks also to everyone who came out to support them!