For reference, this trope was created by Xzenu
during a debate about Asian Gal with White Guy
. During that discussion, it was being argued whether or not Me Love You Long Time
should be restored as the [Trope Name]
since the nebulous AGWWG was causing misuse for any type of Asian/White relationship. Xzenu, and others, argued that MLYLT invokes "misuse" of the trope because the Trope Namer
was about prostitution. So, he made this trope.
I've also stated, in the other thread, that his description of this trope is way too specific. Really, this is an "aggregate trope". That is, it's a People Sit on Chairs
that perpetuates itself so much that it becomes
a trope by how many times it shows up. For example, I'm sure that an Angry Black Man
exists in Real Life
(being Black myself, I know it for a fact, even)...however, the fact that this particular characterization shows up so much
in fiction makes it a trope, and a stereotype.
So, all that being said, here's my proposed solution: the trope itself, is simple: it's an asian woman as a sex worker. Period. It doesn't matter why she's a sex worker; it doesn't matter how it's justified or deconstructed. Being an aggregate trope, it doesn't provide us the luxury of picking and choosing which examples of it qualify.
That being said however, we should focus on Analysis
of the trope. Just by Googling "asian hooker stereotype", I was once able to come away with a lot of interesting articles, blogs, and introspectives on the subject. Even if the trope itself is simple, the reasons for why it persists in media are complex.
For example, Spark 9, the reason it's a stereotype is because this was how American G Is
were first introduced to Asian women during World War II
, the Korean War
, and the Vietnam War
. Asian women portrayed as sex slaves/prostitutes has appeared in Law & Order
and many other shows/movies (such as Payback
. It's gone way past People Sit on Chairs
now, and to consider it that is dismissing the issue. It's impossible to have an asian woman as a prostitute in Western fiction and not invoke this trope.
edited 26th Apr '12 5:43:27 AM by KingZeal