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Marginal Sights: Staging the Chinese in America (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture)
Marginal Sights: Staging the Chinese in America (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture) James S. Moy 0877454485 9780877454489 Since the beginning of the Western tradition in drama, dominant cultures have theatrically represented
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Marginal Sights: Staging the Chinese in America (Studies Theatre Hist & Culture) by James S. Moy

Since the beginning of the Western tradition in drama, dominant cultures have theatrically represented marginal or foreign racial groups as other - different from normal people, not completely human, uncivilized, quaint, exotic, comic. Playwrights and audiences alike have been fascinated with racial difference, and this fascination has depended upon a process of fetishization. By the time Asians appeared in the United States, the framework for their constructed Lotus Blossom and Charlie Chan stereotypes had preceded them. In Marginal Sights, James Moy dismantles these stereotypes in an unrelenting attack on Anglo American institutions of racial representation. Reading the Chinese stereotype through several media, Moy notes the consistency of Anglo Americas construction of what he terms Chineseness. He rejects the dominant cultural assertion that stereotypes contain a germ of truth, arguing instead that this so-called germ of truth is itself a construction that serves the evolving social and material concerns of an often sinophobic white America. Through time the stereotypes have taken on a life of their own, and those who sought to overturn them have often failed, thus seemingly validating them. Moy, on the other hand, spotlights the constructed Orientals so brilliantly that the real Asian Americans behind them can become visible at last. Consisting of ten readings of Chineseness in America, this sophisticated text reveals the source of representational racial oppression in America. Moy examines diverse sites of representation from museum displays, cartoons, and plays to early photographs, films, circus acts, performance art, and pornography. His persuasive assault on the responsibleinstitutions is uncompromising. However, with surprising insouciance, Moy juxtaposes wit with the often grim details of Americas representational legacy. While Marginal Sights focuses on Chineseness in America, Moy makes e

Author: James S. Moy

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 172

Publisher: University Of Iowa Press

Publication Date: 1994-01-01

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