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America Views China: American Images of China Then and Now

America Views China: American Images of China Then and Now

by Clark A. Elliott (Editor), Hilary Conroy (Editor), Jerry Israel (Editor), Hilary Conroy (Editor), Jerry Israel

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More than a dozen contributors provide selective accounts of American images of China from the 1700s through the 1980s. Initially the merchants idealized China through her arts, and then the missionaries saw Chinese as heathens to be saved. By the 1920s, America's images of China took the forms of Dr. Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan, supplemented by the journalistic perceptions of Carl Crow and Edgar Snow. The contemporary images contain some first-hand observations, with initial glorification and subsequent disdain, thus continuing the pattern of vacillation. American images of China tended to swing from one extreme to the other, not only because China was changing but even more because of our changing moods. For larger collections.-- Elizabeth A. Teo, Moraine Valley Community Coll. Lib., Palos Hills, Ill.
U.S. historians present 16 essays on the American view of the Chinese from the 18th century to the present. Among the perspectives are art, commerce, missionary activity, diplomacy, popular culture, and a comparison with images of Japan. Includes a general bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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