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Making an American Festival: Chinese New Year in San Francisco's Chinatown

 
 
 
 
Making an American Festival: Chinese New Year in San Francisco's Chinatown
Author: Chiou-ling Yeh
ISBN 13: 9780520253513
ISBN 10: 520253515
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2008-09-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $34.95
 
 

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.