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Paperback New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882 Book

ISBN: 0801867940

ISBN13: 9780801867941

New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882

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From George Washington's desire (in the heat of the Revolutionary War) for a proper set of Chinese porcelains for afternoon tea, to the lives of Chinese-Irish couples in the 1830s, to the commercial success of Chang and Eng (the "Siamese Twins"), to rising fears of "heathen Chinee," New York before Chinatown offers a provocative look at the role Chinese people, things, and ideas played in the fashioning of American culture and politics. Piecing together...

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