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New Generation Thinkers: The Inscrutable Writing of Sui Sin Far: Xine Yao suggests that a poker Chinese face can be a good way of fighting back

New Generation Thinkers: The Inscrutable Writing of Sui Sin Far: Xine Yao suggests that a poker Chinese face can be a good way of fighting back

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New Generation Thinkers: The Inscrutable Writing of Sui Sin Far: Xine Yao suggests that a poker Chinese face can be a good way of fighting back

FromArts & Ideas

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Length:
14 minutes
Released:
Apr 25, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

Chinatown, New York, in 1890 was described by photo-journalist Jacob Riis as "disappointing." He focused only on images of opium dens and gambling and complained about the people living there being "secretive". But could withholding your emotions be a deliberate tactic rather than a crass stereotype of inscrutability? Xine Yao has been reading short stories from the collection Mrs. Spring Fragrance, published in 1912 by Sui Sin Far and her Essay looks at what links the Asian American Exclusion Act of 1882, the first American federal law to exclude people on the basis of national or ethnic origin, to writings by the Martinican philosopher Édouard Glissant.

Producer: Caitlin Benedict.

Xine Yao researches early and nineteenth-century American literature and teaches at University College London. She hosts a podcast PhDivas and you can hear her in Free Thinking discussions about Darwin's Descent of Man, Mould-breaking Writing and in a programme with Ian Rankin and Tahmima Anam where she talks about science fiction. New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to choose ten academics each year to turn their research into radio programmes. You can find more in this playlist on the Free Thinking website featuring discussions, essays and features from 10 years of the New Generation Thinkers scheme https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08zhs35
Released:
Apr 25, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode