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Slaying the Dragon and Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded
SLAYING THE DRAGON (1988) by Deborah Gee, SLAYING THE DRAGON: RELOADED (2011) by Elaine H. Kim
2011, 88 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W15041

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.

SLAYING THE DRAGON: RELOADED is a 30-minute sequel to SLAYING THE DRAGON. RELOADED looks at the past 25 years of representation of Asian and Asian American women in U.S. visual media — from blockbuster films and network television to Asian American cinema and YouTube — to explore what’s changed, what’s been recycled, and what we can hope for in the future.


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AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS


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

  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

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QUOTES

    "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

    "This compelling film is an invaluable resource for the classroom and beyond."
    Jodi Kim, Professor Ethnic Studies
    University of California at Riverside

    "Timely, provocative and entertaining."
    Jessica Tarahata Hagedorm
    Novelist, Poet, and Playwright

    “With meticulous research and analytic smarts, the film’s tribute to new Asian American filmmakers shoots Reloaded far into a hopeful future.”
    Renee Tajima-Pena
    Filmmaker

    "A film that everyone needs to watch to understand the significance of Asian Americans in popular culture and their relationship to American history and society."
    Jennifer Ho, Professor
    University of North Carolina

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