thesis: power suit
asian stereotypes exploited
immigrants come to Canada with high hopes and expectations, but many of them leave after failing to adapt to Canadian society. many visible minority immigrants and their descendants experience direct and indirect discrimination in day-to-day social interactions.
my thesis project looks at two particular challenges that East Asian immigrants and their descendants face when they try to integrate into the workforce in Western society.
this is PART B of the project now you see me
sexualized, submissive East Asian females
many people in Western society acknowledge the situation but no one is addressing the issues directly. certain mass media forms (i.e. TV shows, movies) even use poorly portrayed East Asian images to entertain its viewers which leads to further misunderstanding and derogatory judgement of a certain race
a bespoke suit jacket designed to emphasize the prescriptive stereotypes applied to Asian females
the jacket consists of two responsive mechanisms that react to the wearer’s body changes:
the lapel opens when the wearer gets nervous and starts to sweat during an interview
it seduces the interviewer to the sexual image of a fantasized Asian
the shoulder pads fill air bags when the wearer has improper posture and starts to slouch during an interview
it creates the impression of a passive and submissive Asian
special thanks to avis ho for all drafting and sewing assistances, and to photographer han liu and model huiru shi for all the photo shooting assistances