The recent mass shootings targeting Asian women highlight the intersection of racism and sexism. Harmful stereotypes about Asian women can be seen in movies, TV shows and in the comments on social media.

These stereotypes can lead to fetishization or overlooking of Asian females, which makes it harder for them to climb the career ladder and be leaders.

1. She’s a Geisha

The Lotus Blossom trope, also known as China Dolls or Geisha Girl, is the docile and submissive caricature of Asian women. This stereotype reinforces the notion that Asian women are sex objects that should only be used by men. This hypersexualization is linked to the increased risk of violence against Asian women.

For example, in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, Mineko is portrayed as a seductive dragon lady who attracts wealthy businessmen and politicians from all over Japan. Yet, it is her exploitation by her boss that causes her to quit her job at the Iwasaki Okiya. The exploitation comes in the form of financial, emotional and sexual exploitation.

2. She’s Submissive

Asian women have long been fetishized and hypersexualized as “China dolls” who are docile, selfless, and passive objects. It’s not just something that happens on message boards or darker corners of the internet; it’s a harmful stereotype that many Asian women believe is part of their identity.

It’s a stereotype that’s been perpetuated through TV shows, movies and other entertainment pieces where a white man saves the submissive, traditional and docile Asian woman. When these stereotypes are combined with racial prejudice and the assumption that Asian women are inferior, it can lead to deadly consequences. In fact, it’s already happening to some of my friends.

3. She’s Exotic

When it comes to Asian American women, exoticization isn’t just harmful — it’s a prison. As Asian women are polarized as either hypersexual or submissive, they find themselves objectified in every aspect of their lives, from being harassed on subways and streets to having their bodies used for sexual fetishes.

These stereotypes are a result of Asian history in America, including the “Model Minority” myth and the exploitation of Asian women during US-led wars in Asia. It’s also linked to the sex tourism industry and racialized representation in pornography. It’s important to acknowledge that these stereotypes exist and recognize how they affect the lives of Asian females.

4. She’s Smart

Many Asian women are extremely smart, particularly in STEM related fields. They are also hardworking, conscientious and devoted to their work and family.

But this is often not enough to counteract the harmful stereotypes that plague Asians in America, particularly in the workplace. Many participants experienced discrimination based on the “Model Minority” stereotype as well as other negative and harmful stereotypes like the Geisha Girl, the Dragon Lady or the Lotus Flower.

In order to break these harmful stereotypes, it is important to be able to present yourself in multiple ways that will help you succeed. This means balancing your ability to be deferential and assertive in different situations.

5. She’s Small

Harmful stereotypes of Asian women are a complex mix of racism, sexism and anti-Asian sentiment. They can stem from xenophobic laws passed in the 1800s, United States military involvement in Asia and television and movie portrayals.

For example, many women who identify as ABG (Asian Baby Girl) are fetishized for their appearance. They dye their hair a shade of blond, wear bodycon clothes and use false eyelashes on the daily.

Despite progress such as the casting of hot Asian male leads in popular films and TV shows, some women still feel like they need to sort themselves into a box that fits one of these harmful stereotypes. This can lead to a sense of invisibility and marginalization.

6. She’s Invisible

Whether it’s a depiction of the exotic foreign “Geisha girl” or the docile Asian worker bee, these stereotypes lead to women being fetishized and objectified. This can lead to real-life experiences of harassment and even violence.

It also leads to Asian American women being a bigger target for sexual assault. For example, some girls from South-Korean girl groups are forced to appeal to men in their music videos by wearing tight clothes and displaying their body in ways that are childlike and attractive (SMtown, 2016).

As we work toward a theology of visibility, let us uplift those who have been silenced and empower them to claim their space in the kin-dom of God.

Mr. Arun Sharma, COO, GTTPL

The importance of reliable power for a growing economy cannot be stressed enough. More so, with our society and economy becoming increasingly dependent on electricity for everything – from an e-commerce set up to large scale industrial units, to schools, households and 24×7 operations of hospitals and ICU; there is an increased reliance on uninterrupted power supply in all walks of life. 

The State of Goa is also witnessing a change in the power sector over the years with per capita consumption of the state nearly doubling the national average. As the state continues to rely on its inter-state transmission connectivity for importing more than 90 per cent of the power requirement from the neighboring states, there is a dire need for a robust inter-state transmission system. In this context, the Goa Tamnar transmission project is poised to play a critical role in not just connecting Goa to the national grid but also ensuring reliable power flow from the southern grid into the State.

The aftermath of Cyclone Tauktae

2021’s first pre-monsoon cyclone witnessed Cyclone Tauktae along the Goan coast. The aftermath of any natural calamity is devastating and for Goa too, this cyclone proved disruptive with people living without electricity for over 72 hours. 

However, the cyclone exposed the vulnerabilities that the State faces because of its over reliance on connectivity to the western grid. The 400kV transmission line which connects Goa to the western grid from the north is the State’s only high voltage connection. Because of the cyclone which took down the 220kV network connecting Goa and Karnataka, significant parts of Goa were plunged into darkness. Now, imagine that instead of the 220 kV line, if the 400kV line went out of action, how devastating it would have been for Goa. It would have resulted in a complete blackout.

The Goa Tamnar project by providing an additional 400 kV feed to the State of Goa from the southern grid will not only bring reliability but also ensure redundancy and this is exactly the reason this project is so critical for Goa. In case Goa loses its 400kV connection from the north, a similar high voltage connection from the south will continue to keep the lights on for the State. Not only this, once operational, the project will enable 1,200+ MW of power exchange between Goa and Southern grids. The reliability will improve with connectivity to both Western and Southern Grid.

Even CEC, in their report tabled on April 23, 2021, acknowledges the importance of this project for Goa. We are hopeful that a decision is reached soon so that the project could be fast tracked for the State and its people. 

Transparent approach in disbursing compensation payments 

The Goa Tamnar project is committed to not just sustainable but inclusive infrastructure development. In line with this thought, the project has closely worked with the land owners, communidades, district, and local authorities towards the disbursement of compensation payments for Right of Way access to construct transmission towers. Even though there is no disruption in farming activities while building transmission lines, we are compensating the landowners whose land will come below our transmission lines as per the guidelines adopted by the Government of Goa. It is imperative to note that to maintain transparency in this critical process, the assessment of land compensation in Goa is conducted by a cross-functional committee chaired by Deputy Collectors along with members of the state administration. 

Adoption of sustainable construction practices

At GTTPL, we are equally mindful of the environment in which we operate. To minimise even temporary impact during project construction, not just in forest but non-forest areas, we have adopted sustainable construction practices in the form of pre-cast foundations and pre-fabricated steel buildings for substation. The pre-fabricated works are generally used in the construction of roads and bridges but we would be integrating this methodology for the first time in construction of a substation. 85% of the substation equipment and construction material would be pre-fabricated to ensure limited site movement thereby mitigating any likely damages. 

We are also designing the substation at multiple levels to protect and restore the natural landscape of the location. Not only this, but we have also taken necessary actions to maintain the water body inside the substation land. Efforts are underway to ensure that the natural flow and termination points of the water body stay unaffected.

Concerted reforestation efforts and community engagement

Further, our commitment towards proactive afforestation effort continues to stand tall and strong. Till now, we have planted over 14,000 trees across 15 locations in the State. Here too, we are conducting the plantation drives in collaboration with the local communities and in a manner that supports them with livelihood opportunities. We are grateful to the people of Goa for providing us with the opportunity to plant trees in their premises. In fact, we would urge more and more people to participate in our tree plantation drives to make this cause successful. We also carried out a small intervention ofdistributing essential school supplies across 20 government schools in Goa which has positively impacted more than 700 students across 19 villages in the State. 

While on the path of sustainable development, a sustainable and reliable supply of power forms one of the basic steps. At Goa Tamnar, we can assure you thatthe journey to bring 24×7, robust and reliable power for Goa, has already begun.


Chief electrical engineer of the electricity department Stephen Fernandes has said that the Tamnar project will help resolve the power problems faced especially in South Goa and warned that if it doesn’t go through there will be a grid collapse in the country.


The Bombay High Court at Goa on Tuesday disposed off a petition filed by one Hondu Vithal Gaonkar who approached the Court against the Goa Tamnar Transmission Project Ltd, with a direction to the petitioner to take up the matter before the district magistrate. 

Gaonkar has resisted the company from using his land under the Indian Telegraph Act which gives the ‘telegraph authority’ powers to “from time to time, place and maintain a telegraph line under, over, along or across, and posts in or upon, any immovable property.”

“Now that the Petitioner has already objected, resisted, and obstructed the exercise of powers in Section 10, the Magistrate will have to decide whether the Telegraph Authority should be permitted to exercise that despite such objections/resistance or obstruction,” the High Court bench of Justices M S Sonak and Valmiki Sa Menezes ruled. 

“The Magistrate will hear the Petitioner on 15.12.2023 at 3 pm. Accordingly, the Petitioner will have to remain present for this hearing without insisting upon any separate notice. If the Petitioner wishes to file written objections, he is granted leave to do so. The Magistrate will then have to decide the matter in terms of Section 16 of the said Act and communicate the decision to the Petitioner within 15 days from the passing of the Order,” the High Court also said. 

The High Court, however, ruled that all contentions of all parties “even the questions of constitutional validity are left open.


Chief electrical engineer of the electricity department Stephen Fernandes has said that the Tamnar project will help resolve the power problems faced especially in South Goa and warned that if it doesn’t go through there will be a grid collapse in the country.

He said the project, which is facing opposition, will help bring stability in the transmission system without which there could be a grid collapse in the country which will not only cause huge losses but also a complete blackout.

He said the project will also allow to increase voltage limit as presently the moment there is problem first the industries are shut down and that is where the Tamnar line will help bring about stability.

He said once the project is completed, South Goa will have the best power supply. He said there is no alternative in South Goa especially if the HT line trips, there are no alternatives and the line cannot be charged unless the problem is solved as there no alternatives. Fernandes said in North Goa, there are four circuits while there is no such option in South Goa.

On the solar power subsidy, he said the government has not withdrawn it and the department will shortly announce new norms for better implementation of solar power in the state adding, “The announcement will be made shortly.” He said the department cannot differentiate between consumers as all consumers are important for the department adding that the proposal for hydro power is not viable due to the high cost though there is an ongoing study.

One of the speakers questioned the department’s rationale to frequently increase the power tariff while on the other hand the PWD has been offering 16 cubic meters of free water to the people and if the PWD can do it why can’t electricity department follow similar lines.

The speakers also demanded that the increase in tariff be immediately scrapped as there is no justification for the department to increase the tariff.