Chinese Looks

Chinese Looks

Fashion, Performance, Race

Book - 2014
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From yellow-face performance in the 19th century to Jackie Chan in the 21st, Chinese Looks examines articles of clothing and modes of adornment as a window on how American views of China have changed in the past 150 years. Sean Metzger provides a cultural history of three iconic objects in theatrical and cinematic performance: the queue, or man's hair braid; the woman's suit known as the qipao; and the Mao suit. Each object emerges at a pivotal moment in US-China relations, indexing shifts in the balance of power between the two nations. Metzger shows how aesthetics, gender, politics, economics, and race are interwoven and argues that close examination of particular forms of dress can help us think anew about gender and modernity.

Publisher: Bloomington, IN :, Indiana University Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780253012562
0253012562
9780253012470
0253012473
Call Number: 746.9209 M5689c
Characteristics: xii, 300 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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