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Author Wong, Lily, 1983- author
Title Transpacific attachments : sex work, media networks, and affective histories of Chineseness / Lily Wong
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  PN1995.9.P76 W66 2018    AVAILABLE    30610020610598
Descript xv, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Global Chinese culture
Note "Transpacific Attachments identifies the formation of a collective sense of Chinese identity through representations of the prostitute figure in popular media circulated among the U.S., China, and Sinophone communities from the early twentieth century to the present day. Often portrayed as a "desired other," the Chinese prostitute figure has become a trope for both Asian American sexuality and Asian modernity. The book discusses, for instance, how early Hollywood's depiction of Chinese women as parasitic prostitutes, mobilized in part by the Page Act of 1875, reflect discourses of biological threat that justified the persecution of Chinese immigrants and the United States' expansion abroad. Distributed across the Pacific, this popular narrative which places Chinese prostitutes as stand-ins for a "diseased Chinese race" provoked the rise of a Chinese National Cinema that reframed the prostitute figure into a symbol for reform in the 1930s. The Chinese prostitute figure not only serves as the discursive surface on which Hollywood and the Chinese film industry negotiate competing ideologies, but she functions also as a medium through which affective intensities are motivated into collective action. By historicizing the ways the Chinese prostitute figure is remade through transpacific media networks--from literature to film to new media--Lily Wong shows how the figure both reflects and rallies feelings that form collective identities, such as "Chineseness," that are often overlooked under national, ethnic, linguistic-centered scopes"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-215) and index
Introduction: sex work, media networks, and transpacific histories of affect -- Desiring across the Pacific: transnational contact in early Twentieth century Asian/American literature -- Over my dead body: melodramatic crossings of Anna May Wong and Ruan Lingyu -- Erotic liaisons: Sinophonic queering of the Shaw Brothers' Chinese dream -- Offense to the ear: hearing the sinophonic in Wang Zhenhe's Rose, Rose, I love you -- Dwelling: affective labor and reordered kinships in The fourth portrait and Seeking Asian female -- Coda: what dwells
Subject Prostitutes in motion pictures
Prostitutes in literature
Chinese in motion pictures
Chinese in literature
National characteristics, Chinese
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