Abstract

This essay looks at how Sui Sin Far’s short stories contested an emerging model of national citizenship that attempted to expand the rights of blacks and women by excluding Chinese immigrants. It argues that her depiction of Chinese-White marriage strategically redresses anxieties about black-white miscegenation that were fueled by Progressive and post-Reconstruction reform. While Sui Sin Far counters Chinese national exclusion by strategically pointing up the more offensive threat of black racial difference, she also exposes the disingenuous logic that attempted to situate national and racial exclusions on opposite sides of a hinge.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-658X
Print ISSN
0026-7724
Pages
pp. 654-688
Launched on MUSE
2009-01-17
Open Access
No
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