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Author Lye, Colleen, 1967-

Title America's Asia : racial form and American literature, 1893-1945 / Colleen Lye
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 342 pages)
Contents The minority which is not one -- A genealogy of the "yellow peril" / Jack London, George Kenna, and the Russo-Japanese war -- Meat versus rice / Frank Norris, Jack London, and the critique of monopoly capitalism -- The end of Asian exclusion? / the specter of "cheap farmers" and alien land law fiction -- A new deal for Asians / John Steinbeck, Carey McWilliams, and the liberalism of Japanese-American internment -- One world / Pearl S. Buck, Edgar Snow, and John Steinbeck on Asian American character
Summary What explains the perception of Asians both as economic exemplars and as threats? America's Asia explores a discursive tradition that affiliates the East with modern efficiency, in contrast to more familiar primitivist forms of Orientalism. Colleen Lye traces the American stereotype of Asians as a "model minority" or a "yellow peril"--Two aspects of what she calls "Asiatic racial form"--to emergent responses to globalization beginning in California in the late nineteenth century, when industrialization proceeded in tandem with the nation's neocolonial expansion beyond its continental frontier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-328) and index
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Subject American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Asian Americans in literature.
Orientalism in literature.
Orientalism -- United States.
Race in literature.
Asia -- Foreign public opinion, American
Asia -- In literature.
Asia -- Relations -- United States.
United States -- Relations -- Asia.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691114188 (acid-free paper)
0691114196 (paperback; acid-free paper)
1400826438 (electronic bk.)
9780691114187 (acid-free paper)
9780691114194 (paperback; acid-free paper)
9781400826438 (electronic bk.)