The aggressive potential and yellow anger

Nini Fang*

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What emotion can be more powerfully used to deconstruct the racial stereotype of East Asian women than anger? Juxtaposing historical analysis and lived experiences, I cast light on the specific social condition that has been put in place for the yellow woman and its social effects on her. Working with critical theory and Winnicottian concepts, I explore the psychosocial potential of anger as productive of oppositional forces against certain racial imaginings of yellow women. I argue that aggression is not only a ‘life force’ but is also imbued with political value that may be deployed so that the yellow woman can venture a break from the grip of colonial fetishisation and reclaim her voice and sense of agency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-578
Number of pages18
JournalPsychoanalysis, Culture and Society
Issue number4
Early online date25 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • aggression
  • anger
  • psychosocial
  • Winnicott
  • East Asian women
  • anti-colonialism


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