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Thinking Orientals Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America

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ISBN-10: 0195151275

ISBN-13: 9780195151275

Edition: 2002 (Reprint)

Authors: Henry Yu

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What is the difference between an "Oriental" and an "Asian American"? In this fascinating study, Henry Yu explains how Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans came to be lumped together as "Orientals" in the United States, and how this eventually led to their understanding of themselves as Asian Americans. Yu tells the story of how white American intellectuals from the University of Chicago sought out Americans of Chinese and Japanese ancestry. Detailing how they together constructed theories about an exotic Orient completely opposite from American culture, Yu describes the history of American Orientalism and shows how it helped to produce modern notions of race and culture. The ideas that…    
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Henry Yu is a professor in the Department of History and the principal of St. John's College at the University of British Columbia.

First Movement--Coming to the West: Constructing the Oriental Problem
Professions of Faith: Missionaries, Sociologists, and the Survey of Race Relations, 1924-1926
Thinking about Orientals: Chicago Sociologists and the Oriental Problem
Orientalism and the Mapping of Race
The Survey's End
Second Movement--Coming to Chicago: Asian Americans and the Oriental Problem
Wanted: Interpreters and Informants, Orientals Please Apply
Language of Hope: The Oriental as Marginal Man
Language of Discontent: Using the Stranger's Perspective
Retracings--Coming to America: The Oriental as an Intellectual/Object
Performers on Stage
American Orientalism as a Theory of Race, Space, and Identity
Epilogue: Legacies and Descendants An Epitaph