Chinese Looks: Fashion, Performance, Race by Sean Metzger

By Sean Metzger

From yellow-face functionality within the nineteenth century to Jackie Chan within the twenty first, chinese language seems examines articles of garments and modes of decoration as a window on how American perspectives of China have replaced long ago a hundred and fifty years. Sean Metzger offers a cultural heritage of 3 iconic gadgets in theatrical and cinematic functionality: the queue, or man's hair braid; the woman's swimsuit referred to as the qipao; and the Mao go well with. every one item emerges at a pivotal second in US-China kin, indexing shifts within the stability of strength among the 2 international locations. Metzger exhibits how aesthetics, gender, politics, economics, and race are interwoven and argues that shut exam of specific different types of gown may help us imagine anew approximately gender and modernity.

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