Empress Dowager Cixi: The Woman Who Ruled China From Behind The Curtain
China Simplified

The “Dragon Lady” stereotype is a threadbare trope that mature Asian women are subjected to. I have always wondered if it existed before Cixi or if she is part of the reason for its ubiquitousmess. Her portrait, seated in front of a dragon print, with long fingernails and a severe mein, certainly embodies one iteration of it.

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