Dr Mumbo

Stock images and national stereotypes

Ah stock images. Although not ideal as a creative illustration, they often save publishers when there is no other option

Like it or not, there’s always an occasion when you just need that one banal photograph of office workers pretending to brainstorm or scientists pretending to solder – with apparently agonising results.

Dr Mumbo himself has turned to those image libraries from time to time. But the next time he has to use a stock image of a Chinese woman, he probably won’t be selecting this image suggested by Australian image site 123RF:

The image even comes with this caption: “I also want to be cute Chinese girl.”

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