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Helen Lee (partial data)

Countries: Canada / South Korea

Films directed by Helen Lee

Quote about Helen Lee

"[Helen Lee's] work identifies sex as that which binds Asian Women but also sets them free within the realm of experience and representation. She presents the Asian Woman in the sex act, but refuses to subsume her subjectivity entirely within sexuality. In her own words, Helen Lee says: 'There is that image of Asian women in the mode of servitude, which can also apply in terms of a sexualized image—sexual servitude. Or as the stereotypical dragon lady. Both are very charged, hyper-sexualized images, the implication being that we have secrets or skills that aren't available to other women. At the same time, I want to present strong Asian female characters, where their sexuality isn't completely uninflected by these matters, that acknowledges the popular lineage of the lotus blossom/dragon lady stereotypes without buying into them.'"
-- Celine Parreñas Shimizu (source)

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Bibliography for Helen Lee

Section 1: Publications about Helen Lee

Book Chapters

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