In the Indian culture, cooperation
had been achieved, with women dominating men. In the Chinese/Japanese
culture, there is a reversal in gender control of the dominant
Men are in the authority position. This is what is dramatized
in this sculpture. The image of the master man is that of a
dragon, made of augers inserted in a system of wheels, with
prominent facial characteristics and a double plow in his rear.
He is overpowering the woman, a tiny respectful Geisha. The
massive dragon symbolizes the synergy of cooperation of the
culture to the male authority. This predicament of women is
also conveyed by Chinese women's feet being bound; the woman's
role is to be compliant.
Next to the little Geisha sculpture by Barbara Kaufman is the
engine block of a Japanese car, to present the triumph of Japanese
productivity leading to the generation of little dragons. Something
clearly unresolved in this culture is the lack of mutual respect
between the genders.