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Asiais increasingly entering the Australian into imaginary the nationgrapples as with the issue of 'Australian identity'. This articleexamines two instances in < whichtheideaof Asiahasbeentakenup in debates aboutmarriage relations S and between andwomen.Asiais a siteof fantasy menin an erawhenthey ° men for feelthat'traditional' valuesof malepre-eminence the familyare beingunderin mined. this fantasy, In 'Asia'is knownthrough stereotypic representations, the z stereotypes underlying nature theresponse thepopular the of in media. ,, Keywords
mail-order brides;Gillespiekidnapping; marriage; Australian-Asian relations; Australian identity Stereotypes, however inaccurate, one formof representation. fictions, are Like theyare created serveas substitutions, to standing for what is real in Theyarean invention, pretence one knowswhenthe stepsthatwould a that makerealknowing possible cannotbe taken arenot allowed. (bellhooks,1992:341)
The mail-order bridehas becomea potentsymbolin Australian representations Asia. 'Mail-order of brides'is the pejorative image which has come to stand for womenwho are Philippine nationalsmarrying Australians. spiteof the factthatthesewomenrepresent verysmall In a proportion the total immigration of intake,in termsof mediacoverage and publiccontroversy is probably next biggest it the immigration issue afterChineseand Indo-Chinese refugees immigrants and fromMuslim countries. recentpopular A film,The Adventuresof Priscilla,Queen of the Desert, created character a who encapsulated dimension the one of stereotype: sex-crazed, a manipulative ex-bargirl who had trickeda decent, outback Aussiebattler marrying (Thecharacter a parinto her. is ticularly unpleasant notablyso as the filmdealswith transgressive one, sexualities thatthe central in characters dragqueens.)1 are Whyhas this phenomenon attracted much attentionand generated negative so the stereotypes?
Media eoverage of 'mail-order brides' - orientalist readings
to in issue'began appear the revealing new'social this reports Newspaper of frequency in late 1970s when a trendwas discernible an increased women.The prevailing men Australian and Filipino between marriages media responsewas...