Netflix’s Newest Series Will Have Asian Viewers Rolling Their Eyes

Marco Polo seems to have missed this memo entirely. The pattern it perpetuates is decades in the making — ever since the “yellowface” heyday of Fu Manchu in the 1930s, Hollywood has correlated Asian-ness with an “Otherized” exoticism, usually with sinister or mysterious subtexts. Not only does this violently narrow the diversity of Asian cultures and histories, it does so in a way that’s consumed by millions of people around the world, thereby etching its ignorance onto the popular imagination.

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