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Making an American Festival : Chinese New Year in San Francisco's Chinatown, Paperback / softback Book

Making an American Festival : Chinese New Year in San Francisco's Chinatown Paperback / softback


This provocative history of the largest annual Chinese celebration in the United States - the Chinese New Year parade and beauty pageant in San Francisco - opens a new window onto the evolution of one Chinese American community over the second half of the twentieth century.

In a vividly detailed account that incorporates many different voices and perspectives, Chiou-ling Yeh explores the origins of these public events and charts how, from their beginning in 1953, they developed as a result of Chinese business community ties with American culture, business, and politics.

What emerges is a fascinating picture of how an ethnic community shaped and was shaped by transnational and national politics, economics, ethnic movements, feminism, and queer activism.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 12 b-w photographs
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780520253513



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