Prostration: the Asiatic symbol of total submission

Asian education teaches Asian woman to obey without hesitation. It also teaches her to perform gestures of reverence when the symbol rather than the submissive action is required. And no symbol has expressed total submission as strikingly as prostration.

Total submission was to be ceremonially demonstrated whenever an inferior asian woman approached her white owner. The inferior asian female, aware of her white master’s wrath that may destroy her, seeks to secure his good will by humbling herself, and the holder of power is more than ready to enforce and standardize the asian inferior’s humiliation.

She may be stripped naked, kneel on the ground, and place one hand over the other, as if they were tied together. She may be collared with a dog collar, a leash, or a chain, or simply a piece of hemp rope, and have her hands tied behind her back. Or she may fall forward on all fours like an animal, strike her head on the ground and kiss the dust. Or perhaps she may be ordered to assume a fetal position, and have enema fluid administered into her colon, as a humiliating practice of demonstrating her total submission. Under the shadow of the White conqueror, asian woman’s prostration is an outstanding form of saluting the sovereign, of showing deepest expression of submission and reverence, and is the required etiquette upon meeting White Man. The details may vary, but its most salient characteristics are constant across all of Asia.

Author: jennifer suzuki

I have been a very confused—some might say very conflicted—girl ever since I can remember and I have always lived in a fantasy world of my own making.

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