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Jade YoungFollow

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11-12-2019 11:55 AM

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Images of the Asian prostitute capture many of the problematic stereotypes of Asian women: submissive, sexual commodities available for acquisition and consumption. This is not just a trope in American or western media, however. Many films with Chinese male directors include similar patterns and tropes of these prostitutes. Are these controlling images of Asian women via the prostitute part of a reflexive fetishization on the part of the Asian male directors? And how are the understandings and expectations of Asian women in each society influenced by these images? My research project seeks to unlock the answers to these crucial questions and venture answers as to how to minimize the creation and popularization of these problematic images.

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Dec 11th, 11:55 AM

Gendering and Sexualizing the Cinematic Orient

Images of the Asian prostitute capture many of the problematic stereotypes of Asian women: submissive, sexual commodities available for acquisition and consumption. This is not just a trope in American or western media, however. Many films with Chinese male directors include similar patterns and tropes of these prostitutes. Are these controlling images of Asian women via the prostitute part of a reflexive fetishization on the part of the Asian male directors? And how are the understandings and expectations of Asian women in each society influenced by these images? My research project seeks to unlock the answers to these crucial questions and venture answers as to how to minimize the creation and popularization of these problematic images.