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Misreading the Chinese Character : Images of the Chinese in Euroamerican Drama to 1925

Misreading the Chinese Character : Images of the Chinese in Euroamerican Drama to 1925

by Dave Williams


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From colonial times to the present, the Chinese have appeared on American stages in various guises, and these portrayals have evoked varying degrees of emotion. In almost all cases, however, they did not appear as they actually were, but rather as Euroamerican playwrights and their collaborating audiences would have had them be. Invisible for a long time, they took the stage first as harmless buffoons, then as hardened criminals. Despite the wide differences in manifest content, all the portrayals of the Chinese sprang from the Euroamerican need to maintain a race-based separation from the Chinese.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820445595
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2000
Series: Asian Thought and Culture Series , #40
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Dave Williams is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Ohio State University at Newark. He previously taught Theatre and English at Providence University in Taiwan. He is the editor of The Chinese Other, an anthology of many of the plays discussed in this volume. In addition to his academic work, he performs, designs, directs, and enjoys life with his wife Xiaoxia and his children Linus and Vivian.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Form, Freedom, and Fact Collide: The Orphan of China21
Chapter 2Neglect and Derision: Images of Chinese Before the Gold Rush45
Chapter 3The Fairyland of Kim-ka67
Chapter 4Engagement and Souring: The Chinese Come to California73
Chapter 5The Foolish Foreigner: Chinese in Frontier Melodramas97
Chapter 6Extremes: The Chinese Must Go, The First Born, and The Queen of Chinatown115
Chapter 7Idealizations: San Toy and K'ung Fu Tze141
Chapter 8The State and The Self-Sacrificing Woman: The Daughter of Heaven and The Yellow Jacket157
Chapter 9The Subject Speaks: The Wedded Husband, The Son Left in the Plantation of Mulberry Trees, and The Marvelous Romance of Wen Chun-Chin175
Chapter 10Maintaining Distance: Strategy and Tactics185

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