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Discriminating SexWhite Leisure and the Making of the American "Oriental"$
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Amy Sueyoshi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041785

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041785.001.0001

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Managing Masculinity

Managing Masculinity

The Heathen, the Samurai, and the “Best Oriental”

(p.93) Chapter 5 Managing Masculinity
Discriminating Sex

Amy Sueyoshi

University of Illinois Press

On the eve of the twentieth century, Chinese symbolized a degraded savage masculinity, and Japanese embodied feminine civility just as middle-class whites sought to forge ideal manhood as a balance between primal and overcivilized masculinity. Within five years, however, the representations would switch as the Chinese became civilized, educated men who valued education for their daughters, and the Japanese became oppressive fighting automatons. These polarized representations distinguished the two Asian ethnicities from one another even as the actual characteristics more accurately reflected realities of white masculinity. This chapter traces how explorations of ideal manhood among middle-class whites would be projected on both Chinese and Japanese men.

Keywords:   Heathen, Samurai, Japanese, Chinese, Masculinity, Whiteness, San Francisco

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