Comedian and actor Margaret Cho hopes the forthcoming web series she’s producing, Mercy Mistress, dispels longtime assumptions about Asian women’s sexuality.

Cho, actor Poppy Liu, and Yin Q, the BDSM master whose memoir serves as the inspiration for the show, stopped by BuzzFeed News’ morning show AM to DM on Monday to chat about the series with reporter Hayes Brown.

When questioned about which Asian stereotypes she’d like the show to chip away at, Cho immediately responded, “Dragon Lady.”

“But it’s the one way we as Asian women have been able to have agency and control of the narrative,” said Cho, “that we have to assume these tropes like Dragon Lady, like the Lotus Blossom, like the Delicate Flower.”

Cho said that the great thing about Mercy Mistress is having Asian women play with the stereotypes in a way that’s “eroticized and having fun for us.”

“I think that’s the most powerful piece of this.”

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Margaret Cho hopes the BDSM web series she’s producing shatters stereotypes about Asian women’s sexuality by Michael Blackmon

Jan. 7th, 2019