The Awful Origins of the Fetishized ‘Submissive Asian Woman’ Stereotype

The “submissive China doll,” the “exotic geisha” – these stereotypes of East Asian women are highly fetishized. As a result, East Asian women have to deal with being dehumanized as objects of so-called “yellow fever.”

It’s disturbing to realize just how long these stereotypes have been around. In this video, Stuff Mom Never Told You’s Cristen Conger takes us through history to show how the image of the submissive East Asian woman was created.

These horrifying origins really put the harm of these stereotypes in perspective.

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Cristen Conger joined up with HowStuffWorks.com and Discovery Communications in 2009 as a staff writer. That same year, identifying a need for more intelligent digital media by and for women, she co-created Stuff Mom Never Told You and has since honed her expertise in women, gender and sex. Cristen also contributes to Huffington Post Women, and her writing has additionally appeared on Jezebel, Bitch, MSNBC and ABC News. Follow her on Twitter @CristenConger.