Meghan has attacked Hollywood caricatures of women from Asian cultures as she resumed her podcast series after its hiatus after the death of the Queen.
The Duchess of Sussex discussed their depiction in films such as Austin Powers and Kill Bill, as well as her own experience of Korean culture in the US, with her guests: the journalist Lisa Ling and the comedian Margaret Cho.
“The Dragon Lady, the east Asian temptress whose mysterious foreign allure is scripted as both tantalising and deadly; this has seeped into a lot of our entertainment,” she said.
“But this toxic stereotyping of women of Asian descent, it doesn’t just end once the credits roll.” She said many American-made films were guilty of presenting caricatures of women of Asian descent as over-sexualised or aggressive.
Ling told Meghan that, when she was a broadcaster at Channel One, she was named hot reporter in the Rolling Stone’s Hot List, but faced racist abuse in the aftermath. “Someone at my place of work cut out that article, drew slanted eyes over the eyes and wrote ‘Yeah, right’ and then put it back in my mailbox,” she said.
“It was like every kernel of excitement that I possessed just withered away. It was so devastating that someone that I would see every day in my place of work, where we’re supposed to feel comfortable, just harboured those feelings about me and had the nerve to make it racial.”
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