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Slaying the Dragon
A film by Deborah Gee
1988, 60 minutes, Color, VHS/DVD
Order No. W99041
SLAYING THE DRAGON is a comprehensive look at media stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women since the silent era. From the racist use of white actors to portray Asians in early Hollywood films, through the success of Anna May Wong’s sinister dragon lady, to Suzie Wong and the ’50s geisha girls, to the Asian-American anchorwoman of today, this fascinating videotape shows how stereotypes of exoticism and docility have affected the perception of Asian-American women. Produced by Asian Women United, this invaluable resource has been widely used by universities and libraries.


  • Asian Pacific Arts Association, Jimmie Award
  • American Film and Video Festival, Finalist
  • Hawaii Film Festival

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    “Slaying the Dragon shows how racism and the shifting winds of history have inhibited realistic portrayals of Asian women.”
    John Carman
    San Francisco Chronicle

    “Intelligent, moving.”
    New Directions for Women

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