Monday, February 25, 2013

Asian American Women in Today's Media: Lotus Flower vs. Dragon Lady

Am i the only one that notices Asian Americans in today's media constantly plays the same role in each film? It's either they play the nice, beautiful, and weak character or the strong, sexy, and leading role character. In other words, they're either displayed as a Lotus Flower or a Dragon Lady. Don't get me wrong, I have no problems with Asian Americans being shown as either, what im asking is it really ok for Asian Americans women to be displayed as a Lotus Flower or Dragon Lady? Is it starting to get a little old? For example, movies like Memories of a Geisha, Rush Hour 2, Charlies Angels, etc, show the roles of Asian American women being either a Lotus Flower or a Dragon Lady. What's even more surprise is not only are women displayed in that way, but also Asian American Men are also getting more recognized in the media today.

In the video above, Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded, Directed by Elaine H. Kim, she shows how Asian Americans are shown in films today. Although a Lotus Flower and Dragon Lady are suppose to be different, they still have similarities. They both are used in sexual ways....the question is though, is it really okay to display asian Americans this way?

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