Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
Volume 46, Number 4, December 2013
pp. 145-161 | 10.1353/mos.2013.0043
This essay examines the racial ideology exemplified in Ah Sin as it played out in multiple venues, particularly the Gilded Age economy and the conventions of yellowface performance. Highlighting the ambivalence of the Chinese title character, the play marks an emphatic step toward disrupting what Homi Bhabha defines as the “fixity” of racialized stereotypes.