Meghan Markle denounces ‘toxic’ stereotypes against Asian women

Also on her podcast, Meghan discusses the on-screen ‘Dragon Lady’ stereotype. “The East Asian temptress, whose mysterious foreign allure is described as both enticing and deadly,” the Duchess said in the episode. “It’s seeped into a lot of our entertainment. But this toxic stereotype of Asian women doesn’t stop once the credits roll.”

The episode also includes a clip from the 2003 film Kill Bill: Vol. 1which features lucy liu as the antagonist O-Ren Ishii. A 2021 teen vogue essay titled “Hollywood Has Played a Role in the Hypersexualization of Asian Women” alleges the character is a “contemporary example” of the “Dragon Lady” trope, one who is “cunning and deceptive” and “uses her sexuality as a powerful tool manipulative, but is often emotionally and sexually cold and threatens masculinity.”

But Liu challenged this notion in a Washington Post editorial. “Kill Bill features three other professional killers besides Ishii,” she wrote. “Why not call Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox Where Daryl Hannah a lady dragon? I can only conclude that it is because they are not Asian.”

The actress continued, “If I can’t play certain roles because traditional Americans still see me as Other, and I don’t want to be cast only in ‘typically Asian’ roles because they reinforce stereotypes, I begins to feel the walls of the metaphorical box in which we AAPI women hold ourselves.”


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