“Slaying the Dragon Reloaded: Asian Women in Hollywood and Beyond” is a 30-minute video documentary that examines visual representations of Asian women made by commercial media as well as independent Asian American artists. The story picks up where “Slaying the Dragon: Asian Women in U.S. Television and Film” (1988) ends, with Hollywood representations of Asian women from 1984 to 2009 to explore how these images reflect the significant social and demographic changes that have occurred during the last quarter of the 20th century. The sequel also showcases Asian American media makers as the proliferation of alternative media creates more opportunities to challenge and broaden perspectives of women.
This film premiered at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
Asian Women United (AWU) of California was founded in 1976 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area Asian American women and received its non-profit organization status in 1981. The organization seeks to explore the many facets of Asian American women’s experiences and varied cultural heritages through publications and video productions.
AWU videos have been broadcast on public television in the U.S. and Canada and screened at film festivals in the U.S. and Asia and have been viewed in college classrooms across the country. AWU publications are available in libraries and bookstores nationwide as well as in Canada and Asia. Both Making Waves: Writings By and About Asian American Women (Beacon Press 1989) and Making More Waves: New Writings By Asian American Women (1997) have been adopted in Asian American and Women’s Studies classes from New York to California.
For film schedules, please visit http://www.asianwomenunited.org