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TOPIC: The racist connotation of 'year of the dragon'

The racist connotation of 'year of the dragon' 1 month 3 weeks ago #1420789

The phrase "year of the dragon" typically refers to a year in the Chinese zodiac cycle, where each year is associated with one of twelve animals. However, outside of this context, the phrase can sometimes carry racist connotations, particularly when used in reference to people of Asian descent.

One reason for this is the historical association of dragons with East Asian cultures, particularly Chinese culture. While dragons are generally regarded as symbols of power, strength, and good fortune in Chinese mythology, they have sometimes been used in Western contexts as symbols of exoticism or otherness, reinforcing stereotypes about Asian people being mysterious or foreign.

Additionally, the term "dragon lady" has been used as a racial stereotype for Asian women, portraying them as cunning, seductive, and dangerous. This stereotype has roots in colonial-era Western portrayals of Asian women as hypersexualized and deceitful.

So, when the phrase "year of the dragon" is used in a racially charged context, it may evoke these stereotypes and perpetuate harmful attitudes toward Asian people. It's important to be mindful of the cultural and historical connotations of language and to avoid using terms in ways that could perpetuate discrimination or prejudice.
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The racist connotation of 'year of the dragon' 1 month 3 weeks ago #1420790

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