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Chinese actress Li Bingbing has found herself in the crosshairs of Chinese netizens after pictures of her latest shoot for Marie Claire China were released online.

In the pictures, Bingbing poses with a dragon motif projected on the wall behind her.

According to reports, the dragon motif was directly lifted from the 1931 American film, Daughter of the Dragon. 

The film stared Asian-American actress Anna May Wong as the “villainous Dragon Lady". The role was a common trope for Asian actors in Hollywood at that time, where they were often reduced to playing racist caricatures.

Netizens were furious with the inclusion of the motif, which they viewed as a reminder of how Hollywood “insulted China”.

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