Academic journal article Women and Language

Asian American Representations

Academic journal article Women and Language

Asian American Representations

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Asian American Representations. Erica M. Lay, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Sexual stereotypes of Asian females are common in many forms of the media, especially movies and television. Asian women, though given limited visual representation in media, when depicted are shown as exotic innocents, there for the conquest of men. Or, they are pictured as evil temptresses, with cruelty as their best feature. The message sent is that Asian women are only here either to serve or to destroy.

The image of Asian women as exotic young girls is commonly known as the Geisha girl, who is submissive and subservient. She is ready and willing to fulfill male desires. The other major role of the Asian American woman in the media is that of the evil temptress or what is called the Dragon Lady. The Dragon Lady was made popular by Fu Manchu type movies, but continues today in films like The Crow. …

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