China through American eyes: Depictions of the Chinese people and culture in the US print media of the late 19th century

Title

China through American eyes: Depictions of the Chinese people and culture in the US print media of the late 19th century

Subject

China; China--History; Chinese; Culture; Popular culture; Asian people; Prints--United States--19th century; Newspapers--United States--19th century

Description

Cultural understanding between the United States and China has been a long and complex process. The period from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century is not only a critical era in modern Chinese history, but also the peak time of illustrated news reporting in the United States. Besides images from newspapers and journals, this study will present pictures about China and the Chinese published in books, brochures, commercial advertisements, campaign posters, postcards, etc. Together, they have documented colorful portrayals of the Chinese and their culture by the U.S. print media and their evolution from ethnic curiosity, stereotyping, and racial prejudice to social awareness, reluctant understanding, and eventual acceptance. This collection of images has essentially formed a rich visual resource that is both diverse and intriguing; and as primary source documents, they carry significant historical and cultural values that could stimulate further academic research. Presented at the 2016 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Southeast Chapter Meeting, Rollins College, Orlando, FL. September 23, 2016.

Creator

Zhang, Wenxian

Publisher

Chinese American Librarians Association

Date

2016-09-23

Rights

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

Language

English

Type

Text; Presentation

Coverage

China

Date Issued

2016-09-23

Is Part Of

CALA Southeast Chapter 2016 Fall Program: "Visiting a Library, a Museum or a Cultural Institution in Your City" and "Discovering Chinese Images, Representations and Heritage." September 23, 2016. Olin Library, Rollins College, Orlando, FL.

Spatial Coverage

China

Temporal Coverage

19th century

Citation

Zhang, Wenxian, “China through American eyes: Depictions of the Chinese people and culture in the US print media of the late 19th century,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed November 21, 2019, http://ir.cala-web.org/items/show/69.