Are Asian women still being portrayed solely as exotic sex objects in mass media? Have things really changed since the 80s? The documentary Slaying the Dragon Reloaded: Asian Women in Hollywood and Beyond wants to explore these images.
This documentary is a sequel to the original 1988 documentary Slaying the Dragon: Asian Women in U.S. Television and Film directed by Deborah Gee. Examples from that film ranged from Anna May Wong’s sinister dragon lady to 50s geisha girls.
In the 2011 sequel, Director Elaine H. Kim explores what has changed in the last 25 years in representations of Asian and Asian American women in U.S. visual media.
I would love to see more representations of smart and competent Asian female characters in mainstream Hollywood films and television shows.
Asian women are so often portrayed as sex objects. Import car models. Geishas. Music videos. Tila Tequila. It’s truly getting tiresome
But here’s the challenge: how do we portray an Asian woman who is sexual, in control of her sexuality, but not soley as a sex object?
Filmmakers, please take on this challenge and give us more complex Asian female characters!