21A.141[J] Images of Asian Women: Dragon Ladies and Lotus Blossoms


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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.

This class has no prerequisites.

21A.141[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by M. Buyandelger.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

In the Fall 2013 Subject Evaluations, 21A.141[J] was rated 6.1 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the MIT Anthropology: Undergraduate Subjects site.

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