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From Emancipation to Exclusion: Racial Analogy in Afro-Asian Periodical Print Culture

Edlie L. Wong

in Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781479868001
eISBN:
9781479899043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868001.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter 2 broadens our understanding of Reconstruction to encompass the West and its “Chinese Question.” It builds upon the analytics for articulating racial difference—differential thinking—honed in ... More


The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Scott D. Seligman

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Chinese in America endured abuse and discrimination in the late nineteenth century, but they had a leader and a fighter in Wong Chin Foo (1847–1898), whose story is a forgotten chapter in the ... More


“Language More Effective than Words”: Opium Den Illustrations and Anti-Chinese Violence in the 1880s

Amanda Frisken

in Graphic News: How Sensational Images Transformed Nineteenth-Century Journalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042980
eISBN:
9780252051838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042980.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores how, in the late 1870s and early 1880s, the NationalPolice Gazette adapted its racialization of rape to characterize Chinese laborers as sexual predators. While family-based ... More


The Timber from Which Conspirators Are Made (1871–72)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Wong Chin Foo married and fathered a child, and thanks to his proficiency in English, he managed to join the customs bureaus of Shanghai and Zhenjiang. He allegedly led a dissolute life, and was ... More


Fifty Cents a Pound (1887)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Denis Kearney intended to persuade the Canadian government to put a halt to Chinese immigration, and his opinions set him on a collision course with Wong. After the railroad was finished in 1885, ... More


A Most Delightful Dish of Chow Chow (1875–79)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Wong Chin Foo lectured throughout the East and Midwest, and delivered presentations on the domestic life, manners and customs of the Chinese. He returned to New York in 1877, and mingled with the ... More


The Only New Yorker Without a Country (1891)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0019
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Wong wished to go abroad for a short trip, yet he was denied a passport by the U.S. government. The United States Commissioner claimed that no Chinaman was entitled to a passport under the ... More


Soiled Doves (1873–74)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

After returning to America, Wong Chin Foo helped to rescue myriads of Chinese girls who were sold into prostitution in the territory. He began a lecture tour, and decided to become an American ... More


A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of Wu Chih Tien: Imperial Romance and Chinese Modernization

Hsuan L. Hsu

in Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain's Asia and Comparative Racialization

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479880416
eISBN:
9781479843404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479880416.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines Mark Twain's imagined encounter with modernized Chinese missionaries to the United States by reading his writings alongside the antiracist and anti-imperialist discourses ... More


I’ll Cut Your Head Off If You Write Such Things (1888–91)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0018
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

As the Chinese in America were increasingly associated with undesirable criminal activities such as drug smuggling, Wong became determined to rid Chinatown of vice. Interfering with the lucrative ... More


I Do Not Like Chinese Ways, Nor Chinamen Any More (1898)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0028
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In 1898, Wong decided to set sail for Asia and he first disembarked in Hong Kong. His business partners owed him money, and he wished to collect as much as possible from the Hong Kong branch of the ... More


Chop Suey (1884–86)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Owing to his enthusiasm in Chinese theater, which sprang from his boyhood in Shandong, Wong attempted to bring a San Francisco Chinese theater troupe to New York, offering the Americans an ... More


Citizenship for Americanized Chinese (1897)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0026
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Wong had not maintained any communication with his son or his wife since he fled China for Yokohama in 1873. He finally received his first word from his family in China in 1896. Wong amassed a list ... More


An Ardent Worker for Justice (1893)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0022
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Wong’s decade-long dream of establishing a Chinese theater in New York finally came to fruition in 1893, yet it ceased to exist a few years later. A youngster named Wong Aloy was brutally beaten by ... More


The Chinese American (1883)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Wong left Chicago for New York, and he established the first Chinese-language newspaper east of the Rockies. He named the paper ‘Chinese American’ and became the paper’s editor. The challenges which ... More


The Arid Land of Heathenism (1847–67)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Wong Chin Foo (also known as Wong Sa Kee in his boyhood) was given over by his aged and destitute father to Christian missionaries in Shandong to raise. This chapter centres on how he grew up in a ... More


Why Am I a Heathen? (1887)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In the 1880s, there was a noteworthy change in Wong’s thinking about religion. In some of his early articles, he cautiously voiced his opinions without damning Christianity and its followers. ... More


False Starts (1894–95)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0023
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

After Wong returned to New York, he was appointed Chinese inspector. He very much enjoyed his brief career with the Treasury Department, and had a number of accomplishments. Wong was in an excellent ... More


An Abbreviated American Education (1868–70)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In the late 1860s, Wong Chin Foo set sail for the United States to complete the Western education which he had already begun in a missionary school in China. He attended two American colleges, got ... More


A Terror to the Chinese Community (1879–82)

Scott D. Seligman

in The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9789888139897
eISBN:
9789888180745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Wong began to speak out on the ‘Chinese question’ and partisan politics in a public debate. Later in 1879, he became involved in a clash over the ownership of a laundry between two members of the ... More


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