In this Book

summary
The Chinatown opera house provided Chinese immigrants with an essential source of entertainment during the pre “World War II era. But its stories of loyalty, obligation, passion, and duty also attracted diverse patrons into Chinese American communities Drawing on a wealth of new Chinese- and English-language research, Nancy Yunhwa Rao tells the story of iconic theater companies and the networks and migrations that made Chinese opera a part of North American cultures. Rao unmasks a backstage world of performers, performance, and repertoire and sets readers in the spellbound audiences beyond the footlights. But she also braids a captivating and complex history from elements outside the opera house walls: the impact of government immigration policy; how a theater influenced a Chinatown's sense of cultural self; the dissemination of Chinese opera music via recording and print materials; and the role of Chinese American business in sustaining theatrical institutions. The result is a work that strips the veneer of exoticism from Chinese opera, placing it firmly within the bounds of American music and a profoundly American experience.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. A Note on Chinese Names and Terms
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part I. Transnational History and Immigration
  2. pp. 19-20
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 1. Shaping Forces, Networks, and Local Influences
  2. pp. 21-39
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 2. The Chinese Exclusion Act and Chinatown Theaters
  2. pp. 40-55
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 3. Immigration: Privilege or Right?
  2. pp. 56-76
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part II. Performance Practice of the 1920s
  2. pp. 77-78
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 4. Aesthetics, Repertoire, Roles, and Playbills
  2. pp. 79-103
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 5. An Examination of the Aria Song “Shilin Jita”
  2. pp. 104-130
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part III. British Columbia and the Return of Opera to San Francisco
  2. pp. 131-132
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 6. Powder and Rouge: Theaters in British Columbia
  2. pp. 133-151
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 7. From Lun On and Lun Hop to the Great China Theater, 1922–1925
  2. pp. 152-184
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 8. The Affluent Years: The Great China Theater, 1926–1928
  2. pp. 185-212
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part IV. San Francisco’s New Theater and Rivalry
  2. pp. 213-214
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 9. A Successful, Majestic Stage: The Mandarin Theater, 1924–1926
  2. pp. 215-242
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 10. A Theater of Actresses: The Mandarin Theater, 1927–1928
  2. pp. 243-264
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part V. In New York and the Transnational Arena
  2. pp. 265-266
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 11. Two Theaters and a Merger in New York
  2. pp. 267-296
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 12. From Honolulu to Havana
  2. pp. 297-310
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 311-320
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Appendix. List of Chinese Names and Terms
  2. pp. 321-332
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 333-376
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 377-396
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Index
  2. pp. 397-424
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download

Additional Information

ISBN
9780252099007
Related ISBN
9780252040566
MARC Record
OCLC
970345474
Pages
416
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.