In shining the spotlight on the evils of the harem, however, Anna Leonowens injected it with exoticism, and insulted and infantilised the women whose rights she was trying to stand up for. What she observed was the inspiration behind the hit movie The King and I, which was banned in Thailand as a result of its portrayal of King Mongkut. Even as colonialism was fading in Asia in the middle of the 20th century, stereotypes of Asian women didn’t go away, and Western readers were still lapping them up. In 1955 the Quiet American by Graham Greene, American Aiden Pyle and British Thomas Fowler compete for the affections of Saigon’s […]
Yearly Archives: 2019
For tens of centuries, since the West was first introduced to the East, Western literature has helped to create an exotic vision of Asian women, symbolising the mystery, danger, and allure of the unknown. Author Sheridan Prasso asserts that the literary image of the Asian woman is the most fetishised, misunderstood, and imagined in the mind of the West. Sexual overtones are clear in the dichotomy of Asian women in literature. In Burmese, Korean, Laotian, Khmer, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesia, Filipino, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese, Asian women are either Geisha Girls- ornamental and subservient, or Dragon Ladies- dominant or seductive. Between the two portrayals lie the likes of the Mail-Order Bride, […]
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui The author’s family fled Vietnam in the 1970s when they went to the U.S. as refugees. In this upsetting yet optimistic graphic novel, the author details her family history and shows just what an uneasy journey they head from one home to a new one. Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee Min Jin Lee’s name is recognisable from her huge novel from 2017, Pachinko. Her first novel, however, was released 10 years earlier. Free Food for Millionaires tells the story of a young Princeton grad Casey Han, who was the daughter of Korean immigrant parents, making her way through life […]
Each May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month so it’s just the right time of year to look at some of the very best novels from Asian-American or Asian authors. As it would have taken too much time and effort to create a list of all the fantastic books that we could have included, we had to whittle it down to just a few for you to add to your reading list.
In a male-dominated industry, the following six women broke new ground. Some worked hard to create exciting programmes, some spotlighted taboo subjects, and some were the first of their kind. We pay tribute to these six women for their strength and courage and for their work in changing the television landscape forever. It’s hard to imagine just what the television industry and today’s shows would be without them. Lucille Ball Lucile Ball was undoubtedly, and famously, a genius when it came to comedy. She was also, however, one of the industry’s most successful ever executives. By having her hit TV show, I Love Lucy, filmed on quality tape, as opposed […]