“Harvey Weinstein told me he liked Chinese girls,” wrote Chiu, who is British Chinese.
Harmful, erroneous stereotypes attached to Asian women played into Weinstein’s alleged abuse of her, according to Chiu.
As European and American colonizers expanded into Asia, they perpetuated ideas of Asian women as attractive, available and submissive, cementing this characterization through postcards and photographs.
The stigmas attached to Asian women have come at a cost to their safety and equity in sexual situations and beyond, she said.
In comparison, 33 percent of women in the U.S. experience sexual violence.