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Author Lui, Mary Ting Li, 1967-

Title The Chinatown trunk mystery : murder, miscegenation, and other dangerous encounters in turn-of-the-century New York City / Mary Ting Yi Lui
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2005
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 298 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents "Find Miss Sigel dead in truck" -- "Terra incognita": mapping Chinatown's racial and gender boundaries in lower Manhattan -- Beyond Chinatown: policing Chinese American male mobility in New York City -- Policing urban girls' and women's mobility and desires -- Playing the "missionary game" -- Chinese American interracial couples and families in New York City -- "The most remarkable get-away in police history" -- "Disgrace on the whole body of our people."
Summary "In the summer of 1909, the gruesome murder of nineteen-year-old Elsie Sigel sent shock waves through New York City and the nation at large. The young woman's strangled corpse was discovered inside a trunk in the midtown Manhattan apartment of her reputed former Sunday school student and lover, a Chinese man named Leon Ling." "Through the lens of this unsolved murder, Mary Ting Yi Lui offers a fascinating snapshot of social and sexual relations between Chinese and non-Chinese populations in turn-of-the-century New York City. Sigel's murder was more than a notorious crime, Lui contends. It was a clear signal that attempts to maintain geographical and social boundaries between the city's Chinese male and white female populations had failed."
"Through her thorough re-examination of this notorious murder, Lui reveals in unprecedented detail how contemporary politics of race, gender, and sexuality shaped public responses to the presence of Chinese immigrants during the Chinese exclusion era."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-292) and index
Notes Asian American Studies Book Award--History, 2007
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Subject Chinese -- New York (State) -- New York -- Public opinion
Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- Public opinion
Interracial dating -- New York (State) -- New York -- Public opinion
Murder -- New York (State) -- New York -- Case studies.
Chinese -- Public opinion.
Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
Ethnische Beziehungen
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Immigrants -- Public opinion.
Interracial dating -- Public opinion.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
New York (State) -- New York.
New York <NY>
United States.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691216282