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