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Alfred Mai ASAM 146 11-19-2008 Topic: Asian American Female Stereotypes Perpetuated by the Media The stereotypes against Asian and Asian American females are very deep rooted and strong. In general, Asian women are thought to be either very submissive, known as the “lotus flower,” or hyper sexual and sexually domineering, known as the “dragon lady.” In my research paper, I want to answer the questions on what exactly are the different stereotypes of Asian females, how they came into being and how this has affected Asian American women today. I hope to dig through past and current media to uncover the looming stereotypes Hollywood has given and stamped upon females of Asian decent. The two major stereotypes “lotus blossom” and “dragon lady” have been the dominating generalizations of Asian females in American films and yet they are so different and contradictory. On one hand, we have the shy and submissive girl and on the other we have the cunning and evil deviant. Yet both stereotypes have one thing in common: sexuality. The
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