After a three-week hiatus due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the new episode of Archetypes came out today, in which Meghan Markle recalled the humbling experience of walking naked in a spa with her mother.
Along with comedian Margaret Cho and journalist and broadcaster analyst Lisa Ling, Meghan discussed the “Dragon Lady” trope, which is a typecasting that affects Asian women and women of Asian descent and used to be very prevalent in movies.
In the episode she delved into this and detailed that it comes from a “fantasy of Orientalism” and portrays a character similar to a Femme Fatale, a woman who is beautiful but deadly.
Prior to her analysis of Dragon Lady, the Duchess of Sussex recalled growing up in Los Angeles and being exposed to many different cultures.
Humbling Korean spa experience
After indicating that she loved learning about other cultures, she recalled going to a Korean spa with her mother Doria Ragland.
“Now those of you who haven’t been to one before, it’s a very humbling experience for a girl going through puberty, because you enter a room with women from ages 9 to maybe 90 all walking around naked, and waiting to get a body scrub on one of the tables lined up in a row,” said Markle.
“All I wanted was a bathing suit, but you’re not allowed, by the way and once I was over that adolescent embarrassment, my mom and I, we would go upstairs, having a steaming bowl of the most delicious noodles, and we’d look around at all of these other women.
“These beautiful Korean women who had embraced the generational tradition of the jimjilbang and shared it with one another.”
The also actress indicated that this was part of the knowledge of Asian culture she had growing up and was unfamiliar with the more harmful stereotypes that Asian women faced for many years.
So with today’s episode, titled “The Demystification of Dragon Lady”, Meghan is back on Archetypes.
The last episode was released on September 6 and then there was a pause due to the passing of the recently departed Queen Elizabeth.