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Slaying the Dragon (1988)

A highly critical documentary about the history of Asian-American actresses in Hollywood. Features interviews with pioneering Asian-American actresses and clips from classic films such as "... See full summary »

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A highly critical documentary about the history of Asian-American actresses in Hollywood. Features interviews with pioneering Asian-American actresses and clips from classic films such as "The Thief of Bagdad", "The Good Earth", and "The World of Suzie Wong", interspersed with Asian/feminist sociological commentary. Written by Anonymous

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VERY EYE-OPENING VIEW OF DEPICTION OF AA WOMEN IN MEDIA
16 March 2004 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a really a fantastic, eye-opening, critical look at the history of American media's images of Asian/-American women. I do NOT think it's supposed to be a history of actresses (as a previous reviewer described).

I saw this in college and was blown away by the blatant archetypes (dragon lady v. lotus blossom), but also the subtle shifts in portrayal depending on how mainstream Americans feel about Asia. I valued the unknown attempts by actresses such as Anna Mae Wong to broaden their roles.

The most hilarious part was Asian American anchorwomen describing how broadcasters wanted to Connie Chung-ize them all. OK, almost as hilarious as the footage of Caucasian actors with taped eyelids, like Marlon Brando and Katherine Hepburn.

The only downside is that the documentary's 20 years old. I hope it gets updated soon.

This is must-see for all Asian American women, but would also be very entertaining/enlightening for everyone else.


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