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The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong, and the Transformation of American Orientalism

Karen Leong


Throughout the history of the United States, images of China have populated the American imagination. Always in flux, these images shift rapidly, as they did during the early decades of the twentieth century. In this erudite and original study, this book explores the gendering of American orientalism during the 1930s and 1940s. Focusing on three women who were popularly and publicly associated with China—Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, and Mayling Soong—this book shows how each negotiated what it meant to be American, Chinese American, and Chinese against the backdrop of changes in the United St ... More

Keywords: China, American orientalism, Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong, Chinese American, Chinese women, civic culture, consumer culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520244221
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Leong, author