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The Tao of S : America's Chinee & the Chinese century in literature and film

Title
The Tao of S : America's Chinee & the Chinese century in literature and film / Sheng-mei Ma.
ISBN
9781643363073
1643363077
9781643363080
Publication
Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press ; Taipei City, Taiwan : National Taiwan University Press, [2022]
Physical Description
viii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary
"The Tao of S is an engaging study of American racialization of Chinese and Asians, Asian American writing, and contemporary Chinese cultural production, stretching from the nineteenth century to the present. Sheng-mei Ma examines the work of nineteenth-century 'Sinophobic' American writers, such as Bret Harte, Jack London, and Frank Norris, and twentieth-century 'Sinophiliac' authors, such as John Steinbeck and Philip K. Dick, as well as the movies Crazy Rich Asians and Disney's Mulan and a host of contemporary Chinese authors, to illuminate how cultural stereotypes have swung from fearmongering to an overcompensating exultation of everything Asian. Within this framework Ma employs the Taoist principle of yin and yang to illuminate how roles of the once-dominant American hegemony--the yang--and the once-declining Asian civilization--the yin--are now, in the twenty-first century, turned upside down as China rises to write its side of the story, particularly through the soft power of television and media streamed worldwide"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Ma, Sheng-mei. Tao of S Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, 2022
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 13, 2023
Series
East-West cultural encounters in literature & cultural studies.
East-West encounters in literature and cultural studies
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-233) and index.
Contents
Introduction : The Tao of S
Part I : California dreamin'. Sinophobia/Sinophilia, circa 1870-2020, Harte-Trump
Oriental high gone to p(l)ot : Philip K. Dick and counterculture pilgrims
Afro-Asian filmic duet
Part II : Asian America awakenin'. Pacific envy of Crazy Rich Asians
From A(sian) to Z(ombie) : Ling Ma's Severance package for the China bug
Asian America double tonguing
"LONG LIVE the waste!" : junk food bites back in Jung's Approved for Adoption
Part III : The Chinese Century. Online bingeing of free Chinese TV bound to soft power : entrance exam series and Sino-Fi
The wolf's substitute family in Chinese TV series : social realism and Wuxia fantasy
Soul mates can't mate : homoerotic tease in Annibaobei and Derek Tsang
Private Slant Eye getting bigger, faster, even Beijinger.
Genre/Form
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism.
Literary criticism.
Critiques littéraires.
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