113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

China in Western Minds: Literary Constructions and Cinematic Representations

Session Chair: 
Sufen Lai, Grand Valley State University
Session 11: Sunday 10:20-11:50am
Willamette (PMCC)


  1. Martha Sledge, Marymount Manhattan College
    The short story “Mien-yaun” by Edward H. House, published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1859, ignores the contemporaneous geo-political context of the setting and constructs China as an absurd “other” that is domesticated through western literary production.  
  2. Colleen Tripp, California State University, Northridge
    Mrs. Spring Fragrance’s physical and textual differences point us towards the way Eaton encourages her white American readership to re-imagine themselves as part of a Western-Asian world of commerce and culture. Amidst the anti-Chinese movements of the early twentieth-century, Edith Maude Eaton's Mrs. Spring Fragrance enters into the anti-Chinese debates by taking her American readers back into an earlier historical moment when China was thought of more favorably: the China Trade.  
  3. Toni Perrine, Grand Valley State University
    Consistent with earlier Euro-American films, The White Countess (Ivory, 2005) and Shanghai (Hafstrom, 2010) represent Shanghai as the backdrop for stories about non-Chinese protagonists. Both are expensively produced period pieces meant to appeal to art cinema audiences. Both films feature gangsters, casinos, opium dens, political intrigue, and exotic women. In an ongoing (post) colonial concession, an “out of time” Shanghai of the 1930s exists as a place created by and for foreigners. 
  4. Giovanna Urdangarain, Pacific Lutheran University
    Reflecting upon Bourdieu’s notion of “symbolic violence” and the recent experiences of Chinese nationals in Argentina (specifically, human trafficking and human smuggling,) this paper analyzes representations of Chinese identity in Argentinian cinema through three films: Anita by Marco Carnevale (2009,) Argenchinos by Julia Reagan (2009) and Un cuento chino by Sebastián Borensztein (2011).
Session Cancelled: