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The Asian Fetish

The fetishization of East Asian women, derisively referred to as "yellow fever," is as old as the Silk Road. Cristen and Caroline unpack the history and Hollywood perpetuation of stereotyping Asian women as either submissive lotus flowers or cunning dragon ladies, defined only by their exoticism and sexuality.

Westerners have often misunderstood the role of the geisha in Japanese culture, but these women are neither prostitutes nor concubines. Find out what a geisha's job description entails in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.