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This provocative history of the largest annual Chinese celebration in the United States - the Chinese New Year parade and beauty pageant in San Francisco - opens a new window onto the evolution of one Chinese American community over the second half of the twentieth century. In a vividly detailed account that incorporates many different voices and perspectives, Chiou-ling Yeh explores the origins of these public events and charts how, from their beginning in 1953, they developed as a result of Chinese business community ties with American culture, business, and politics. What emerges is a fascinating picture of how an ethnic community shaped and was shaped by transnational and national politics, economics, ethnic movements, feminism, and queer activism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520253513
ISBN-10: 0520253515
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Chiou-ling Yeh

Chiou-ling Yeh is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at San Diego State University.