An Australian woman named Fiona Graham is training to become the first foreign-born geisha in 400 years. Graham, who has a D.Phil in anthropology from Oxford and speaks Japanese fluently, is a documentary filmmaker recording her experience as “Sayuki.” Part of what inspired her to do this was her disgust over the representation of geishas in Memoirs of a Geisha:
If you want to make Sayuki angry, mention the 2005 movie Memoirs of a Geisha, or worse, the bestseller on which it was based. “It is a ludicrous, totally fictional book that came out of a white, middle-aged American male’s imagination…”
If more white women became geishas, that’s one less dumbass stereotype we Asian women would have to deal with. I say, GO FOR IT, Sayuki. And stick it to these poseurs!
Click here for Sayuki’s website.
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