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Chiang Yee : The Silent Traveller from the East--A Cultural Biography / Da Zheng.

Author/Creator:
Zheng, Da author., Author,
Publication:
New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2010]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (358 p.) : 18 illustrations. 18 photographs
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Asian diaspora.
Chinese American artists -- Biography.
Chinese American authors -- Biography.
Chinese in literature.
Chinese -- England -- Biography.
Chinese -- United States -- Biography.
Exiles' writings, English -- History and criticism.
Travelers' writings, English -- History and criticism.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
A young man arrives in England in the 1930s, knowing few words of the English language. Yet, two years later he writes a successful English book on Chinese art, and within the following decade publishes more than a dozen others. This is the true story of Chiang Yee, a renowned writer, artist, and worldwide traveler, best known for the Silent Traveller series--stories of England, the United States, Ireland, France, Japan, and Australia--all written in his humorous, delightfully refreshing, and enlightening literary style. This biography is more than a recounting of extraordinary accomplishments. It also embraces the transatlantic life experience of Yee who traveled from China to England and then on to the United States, where he taught at Columbia University, to his return to China in 1975, after a forty-two year absence. Interwoven is the history of the communist revolution in China; the battle to save England during World War II; the United States during the McCarthy red scare era; and, eventually, thawing Sino-American relations in the 1970s. Da Zheng uncovers Yee's encounters with racial exclusion and immigration laws, displacement, exile, and the pain and losses he endured hidden behind a popular public image.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
FOREWORD. Chiang Yee As I Knew Him
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
A NOTE ON ROMANIZATION
1. Chinese Childhood
2. Revolutionary Era
3. Civil Servant
4. No Longer in Need of a Bench
5. "Another C. Y."
6. "The Thing Has Come at Last"
7. "My Own World"
8. Oxford Years
9. "My English Christmas"
10. To America
11. Americanized
12. "Invisible Pains"
13. Home
14. Family and Love
15. China Revisited
16. Homeward Bound
Notes
Primary Sources
Writings by Chiang Yee
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jun 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780813549279
Publisher Number:
10.36019/9780813549279 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.