Lucy Liu recalls being called ‘dragon lady’ over ethnicity; Says Charlie’s Angels normalized Asian identity

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Lucy Liu recalls being called ‘dragon lady’ over ethnicity; Says Charlie’s Angels normalized Asian identity
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Actress Lucy Liu recently got candid about one of her most iconic roles in Charlie’s Angels. The 52-year-old actress recently spoke about how the franchise helped to “move the needle” for the Asian community and impacted her life and career. In an interview with The Washington Post, the actress said: “Hollywood frequently imagines a more progressive world than our reality; it’s one of the reasons Charlie’s Angels was so important to me.” “As part of something so iconic, my character Alex Munday normalized Asian identity for a mainstream audience and made a piece of Americana a little more inclusive.”

 

“Asians in America have made incredible contributions, yet we’re still thought of as Other. We are still categorized and viewed as dragon ladies or new iterations of delicate, domestic geishas—modern toile. These stereotypes can be not only constricting but also deadly,” she continued. Lucy recounted being referred to as a “dragon lady” by the media after being cast as O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill, a label that was not applied to any of her castmates. “Why not call Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox or Daryl Hannah a dragon lady?” she said. “I can only conclude that it’s because they are not Asian. I could have been wearing a tuxedo and a blond wig, but I still would have been labelled a dragon lady because of my ethnicity.”

 

Lucy added that while she’s proud of her work on Charlie’s Angels and the strides that are being made in making media more inclusive to AAPI people, she feels “there is still much further to go.”

 

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