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Slaying the Dragon

SLAYING THE DRAGON is a comprehensive look at media stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women since the silent era. From the racist use of white actors to portray Asians in early Hollywood films, through the success of Anna May Wong's sinister dragon lady, to Suzie Wong and the '50s geisha girls, to the Asian-American anchorwoman of today, this fascinating videotape shows how stereotypes of exoticism and docility have affected the perception of Asian-American women.

SLAYING THE DRAGON: RELOADED looks at the past 25 years of representation of Asian and Asian American women in U.S. visual media -- from blockbuster films and network television to Asian American cinema and YouTube -- to explore what's changed, what's been recycled, and what we can hope for in the future.

"Slaying the Dragon shows how racism and the shifting winds of history have inhibited realistic portrayals of Asian women."- John Carman, San Francisco Chronicle

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I was hoping for some history but this is more about someone with a grudge that has to prove only their point. You can watch Asian films from outside the USA and get the same or different stereotypes. Watch Drama Korean films & tv and it varies. Watch films out of China or Japan and ...Read more

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Slaying the Dragon works fundamentally on numerous levels – as a historical cinema study, as an advocate for Asian and Asian American women over the past few generations, as a compelling argument for the expansion of the types of roles available to Asian women in film and television. It ...Read more