Making an American Festival

Making an American Festival

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This provocative history of the largest annual Chinese celebration in the United States the Chinese New Year parade and beauty pageant in San Francisco opens a new window onto the evolution of one Chinese American community over the second half of the twentieth century. In a vividly detailed account that incorporates many different voices and perspectives, Chiou-ling Yeh explores the origins of these public events and charts how, from their beginning in 1953, they developed as a result of Chinese business community ties with American culture, business, and politics. What emerges is a fascinating picture of how an ethnic community shaped and was shaped by transnational and national politics, economics, ethnic movements, feminism, and queer activism.qaquot;Compared to other pageants [our contestants] are much less bare; they wear stockings. ... thought that event organizers asked questions aquot;to get around the feminists, telling them, a#39;see, wea#39;re not just going for beauty, wea#39;re asking them ... aquot; The questions they ask the girls are stupid and the answers even more ridiculous .

Title:Making an American Festival
Author: Chiou-ling Yeh
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2008-08-03

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