WGS.274 Images of Asian Women: Dragon Ladies and Lotus Blossoms

Same subject as 21A.141, 21G.048
Prereq: None
Units: 3-0-9
W 1 - 4pm
Room 66-154

Explores some of the forces and mechanisms through which stereotypes are built and perpetuated. In particular, examines stereotypes associated with Asian women in colonial, nationalist, state-authoritarian, and global/diasporic narratives about gender and power. Students read ethnography, fiction, and history, and view films to examine the politics and circumstances that create and perpetuate the representation of Asian women as dragon ladies, lotus blossoms, despotic tyrants, desexualized servants, and docile subordinates. Students are introduced to debates about Orientalism, gender, and power.
M. Buyandelger