RE/Collecting Early Asian America (Asian American History and Culture Series): Essays in Cultural History / Edition 1

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This well-documented compilation of 20 essays, mostly by established scholars in their respective fields, discusses the history, literature, memories, and anthropology of Asians in the Americas. "Part 1: Locations and Relocations" documents Chinatowns, Chinese mining towns, Chinese camps, and Japantowns and their loss in World War II. "Part 2: Crossings" comprises essays on immigration, while "Part 3: Objects" depicts discrimination, prejudice, and stereotyping. Finally, "Part 4: Recollections" shows the adjustments made by Asians in the Americas. Particularly interesting are the essays on the depiction of Old Chinatown in picture postcards, the Chinese in Peru, racial stereotyping in the Hardy Boys books, Filipina nurses in the United States, and theater in the Japanese internment camps. The editors (professors of literature, anthropology, and women's studies) have done a commendable job of selecting a well-balanced, compelling, and fascinating set of essays that are informative, easy to read, and scholarly. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566399647
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Asian American History and Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
1 Introduction 1
2 Pacific Entry, Pacific Century: Chinatowns and Chinese Canadian History 15
3 Chinese Camps and Chinatowns: Chinese Mining Settlements in the North American West 31
4 Artifacts of a Lost City: Arnold Genthe's Pictures of Old Chinatown and its Intertexts 54
5 The Komagata Maru: Memory and Mobilization Among the South Asian Diaspora in North America 78
6 Community Destroyed? Assessing the Impact of the Loss of Community on Japanese Americans During World War II 94
7 From Colonial Subject to Undesirable Alien: Filipino Migration, Exclusion, and Repatriation, 1920-1940 111
8 The Sojourner as Astronaut: Paul Siu in Global Perspective 127
9 Between Fact and Fiction: Literary Portraits of Chinese Americans in the 1905 Anti-American Boycott 143
10 From Exchange Visitor to Permanent Resident: Reconsidering Filipino Nurse Migration as a Post-1965 Phenomenon 159
11 China Latina 174
12 Exotic Explorations: Travels to Asia and the Pacific in Early Cinema 187
13 Representing the Oriental in Nineteenth-Century Trade Cards 200
14 Dissecting the "Devil Doctor": Stereotype and Sensationalism in Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu 218
15 Footprints from the Past: Passing Racial Stereotypes in the Hardy Boys 238
16 Face-ing/De-Face-ing Racism: Physiognomy as Ethnic Marker in Early Eurasian/Amerasian Women's Texts 255
17 Yan Phou Lee on the Asian American Frontier 273
18 "A Different Mode of Speech": Yone Noguchi in Meiji America 288
19 Asian Americans in Progress: College Plays 1937-1955 307
20 The Americanization of Americans: The Phenomenon of Nisei Internment Camp Theater 326
21 Reclaiming Sui Sin Far 340
About the Contributors 355
Index 357
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