Race, Beauty, and Politics in Chinese American Festivals
A History of National and Transnational Identity Construction
By Jinzhao Li
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Series: Studies in Asian Americans
Through multi-site, multi-media, and multi-language ethnographic and historical research, the author demonstrates that during the twentieth century, as the mainstream definition of Americanness changed from "whiteness" to "assimilation" and to "ethnic diversity," the meaning of being Chinese evolved. Jinzhao Li demonstrates the shifts that occurred from non-assimilation in the 1910s and Americanization in the 1930s to exoticization in the 1950s–1960s, pan-ethnicization in the 1970s, and localization in the 1990s and 2000s. She focuses on the transformation and self-representation of the Chinese American community through its biggest annual events. Different from many contemporary studies of U.S. ethnic festivals and beauty contests that adopt a white/non-white analytical binary, this book proposes a colonial settler-indigenous triangular model in understanding U.S. racial relations and ethnic self-representation.
A New Perspective for Chinese American Studies
Modernity, Race, and the Female Body in pre-WWII Hawai‘i: A Chinese Encounter
The Making of an Ethnic Spectacle: the Narcissus Festival and Queen Pageant in 1949
“Exotic America”: The Narcissus Queen Displaying Hawai‘i to the World in the 1950s and 1960s
Becoming “Pan-Chinese”: Identity Conflicts and Reformation in the 1970s
Reclaiming “Local”: Meeting the Challenge of Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement in the
1990s and 2000s
Showcasing America and Hawai‘i in Ancestors’ Land: the 2002 Narcissus Goodwill Tour to
A Colonial-Settler-Indigenous Triangular Model
Jinzhao Li is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Sociology at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She received her PhD at the University of Hawai‘i.