Thinking Orientals Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America
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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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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/14/2002
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
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|