East Asian "China Doll" or "Dragon Lady"?

Citation data:

Vol: 3, Issue: 1

Publication Year:
Usage 662
Downloads 589
Abstract Views 73
Repository URL:
Lee, Joey
East Asian; Women; China Doll; Dragon Lady; Exoticization; Hypersexualization; colonialism; imperialism; popular culture; media; representation; yellow peril; culture; Asian American Studies; Film and Media Studies; Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Other Film and Media Studies; Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies; Women's Studies
data description
This paper argues that the representation of East Asian women in popular media is harmful through its exaggerated portrayal of the ‘China Doll’, and ‘Dragon Lady’, ultimately further exoticizing and dehumanizing East Asian women, ensuring the dominance of the West. I will study these portrayals and their impacts through historical and modern film, modern magazines, and intersectional oppression that the restrictive categorizations place upon women of East Asian descent.