New York before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882

4.08 avg rating
( 37 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780801867941: New York before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882

From George Washington's desire (in the heat of the Revolutionary War) for a proper set of Chinese porcelains for afternoon tea, to the lives of Chinese-Irish couples in the 1830s, to the commercial success of Chang and Eng (the "Siamese Twins"), to rising fears of "heathen Chinee," New York before Chinatown offers a provocative look at the role Chinese people, things, and ideas played in the fashioning of American culture and politics.

Piecing together various historical fragments and anecdotes from the years before Chinatown emerged in the late 1870s, historian John Kuo Wei Tchen redraws Manhattan's historical landscape and broadens our understanding of the role of port cultures in the making of American identities. Tchen tells his story in three parts. In the first, he explores America's fascination with Asia as a source of luxury items, cultural taste, and lucrative trade. In the second, he explains how Chinese, European-Americans in Yellowface, and various caricatures became objects of curiosity in the expansive commercial marketplace. In the third part, Tchen focuses on how Americans' attitude toward the Chinese changed from fascination to demonization, leading to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Acts beginning in 1882.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

John Kuo Wei Tchen is director of Asian/Pacific/American Studies and an associate professor of history at New York University. Tchen received an American Book Award for Genthe's Photographs of San Francisco's Old Chinatown, 1895-1906 and he edited Paul C. P. Siu's The Chinese Laundryman. In 1980, Tchen cofounded the Museum of Chinese in the Americas.

Review:

"This study sets a new standard for Asian American scholarship... Exhaustively researched, deftly argued, beautifully written, and sumptuously illustrated, New York before Chinatown is one of the best books on Asian immigration and its impact on American culture ever written."

(Andrew Gyory Journal of American Ethnic History)

"An outstanding book. It simply leaves you wanting more!"

(K. Scott Wong International Migration Review)

"This fascinating book by Professor Tchen is required reading for anyone interested in the history of New York City."

(Dolores Hayden, Yale University, author of The Power of Place)

" New York before Chinatown is a large, ambitious, and impressive work―one of the very best and certainly one of the most original studies of its kind."

(Lawrence Levine, George Mason University, author of The Opening of the American Mind)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 30.00
US$ 22.39

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

John Kuo Wei Tchen
Published by JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2001)
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.From George Washington s desire (in the heat of the Revolutionary War) for a proper set of Chinese porcelains for afternoon tea, to the lives of Chinese-Irish couples in the 1830s, to the commercial success of Chang and Eng (the Siamese Twins ), to rising fears of heathen Chinee, New York before Chinatown offers a provocative look at the role Chinese people, things, and ideas played in the fashioning of American culture and politics.Piecing together various historical fragments and anecdotes from the years before Chinatown emerged in the late 1870s, historian John Kuo Wei Tchen redraws Manhattan s historical landscape and broadens our understanding of the role of port cultures in the making of American identities. Tchen tells his story in three parts. In the first, he explores America s fascination with Asia as a source of luxury items, cultural taste, and lucrative trade. In the second, he explains how Chinese, European-Americans in Yellowface, and various caricatures became objects of curiosity in the expansive commercial marketplace. In the third part, Tchen focuses on how Americans attitude toward the Chinese changed from fascination to demonization, leading to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Acts beginning in 1882. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780801867941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

John Kuo Wei Tchen
Published by JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2001)
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. From George Washington s desire (in the heat of the Revolutionary War) for a proper set of Chinese porcelains for afternoon tea, to the lives of Chinese-Irish couples in the 1830s, to the commercial success of Chang and Eng (the Siamese Twins ), to rising fears of heathen Chinee, New York before Chinatown offers a provocative look at the role Chinese people, things, and ideas played in the fashioning of American culture and politics.Piecing together various historical fragments and anecdotes from the years before Chinatown emerged in the late 1870s, historian John Kuo Wei Tchen redraws Manhattan s historical landscape and broadens our understanding of the role of port cultures in the making of American identities. Tchen tells his story in three parts. In the first, he explores America s fascination with Asia as a source of luxury items, cultural taste, and lucrative trade. In the second, he explains how Chinese, European-Americans in Yellowface, and various caricatures became objects of curiosity in the expansive commercial marketplace. In the third part, Tchen focuses on how Americans attitude toward the Chinese changed from fascination to demonization, leading to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Acts beginning in 1882. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780801867941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Tchen, John Kuo Wei
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Quantity Available: 12
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2001. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # TU-9780801867941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Tchen, John Kuo Wei
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press 8/22/2001 (2001)
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins University Press 8/22/2001, 2001. Paperback or Softback. Book Condition: New. New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9780801867941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Tchen, John Kuo Wei
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 0801867940

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Tchen, John Kuo Wei
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780801867941_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Tchen
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 3 to 5 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # LQ-9780801867941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.61
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.88
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Tchen, John Kuo Wei
Published by Johns Hopkins Univ
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins Univ. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover - This title is now printed on demand - please allow added time for shipment! A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory # 2317027

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

John Kuo Wei Tchen
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2009)
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand for shipment within 3 working days. Bookseller Inventory # GM9780801867941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.52
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

John Kuo Wei Tchen
Published by JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2001)
ISBN 10: 0801867940 ISBN 13: 9780801867941
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. From George Washington s desire (in the heat of the Revolutionary War) for a proper set of Chinese porcelains for afternoon tea, to the lives of Chinese-Irish couples in the 1830s, to the commercial success of Chang and Eng (the Siamese Twins ), to rising fears of heathen Chinee, New York before Chinatown offers a provocative look at the role Chinese people, things, and ideas played in the fashioning of American culture and politics.Piecing together various historical fragments and anecdotes from the years before Chinatown emerged in the late 1870s, historian John Kuo Wei Tchen redraws Manhattan s historical landscape and broadens our understanding of the role of port cultures in the making of American identities. Tchen tells his story in three parts. In the first, he explores America s fascination with Asia as a source of luxury items, cultural taste, and lucrative trade. In the second, he explains how Chinese, European-Americans in Yellowface, and various caricatures became objects of curiosity in the expansive commercial marketplace. In the third part, Tchen focuses on how Americans attitude toward the Chinese changed from fascination to demonization, leading to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Acts beginning in 1882. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780801867941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 32.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book