Although fortunate to be free from bound feet and having polygamist husbands as their grandmothers and great-grandmothers may have had, today's American-Chinese women have inherited a set of stereotypes that persist even in culturally diverse Silicon Valley.
Fictitious Claudio Hunter is a composite of real people who objectify Chinese women. His "Small Elegant Butterfly Specimen Box II and Killing Jar" is part a developing mixed media series called "Chinese Girlfriend Collection." Claudio successfully captured many Asian women for his "Small Elegant Butterfly Specimen Box II," but one small elegant butterfly manages to escape his abuse. The print "Transformation I" is the beginning of her healing journey as she begins to shed the stereotypes that she previously embodied.
"Small Elegant Butterfly" (雅蠛蝶, Yǎ Miè Dié in Chinese) is one of the Baidu 10 Mythical Creatures that originated in response to the online censorship in China. Ya Mie Die originates from the Japanese yamete (止めて), meaning "stop" in reference to stereotypes and rape.