Through multi-site, multi-media, and multi-language ethnographic and historical research, the author demonstrates that during the twentieth century, as the mainstream definition of Americanness changed from whiteness to assimilation and to ethnic diversity, the meaning of being Chinese evolved. Jinzhao Li demonstrates the shifts that occurred from non-assimilation in the 1910s and Americanization in the 1930s to exoticization in the 1950s-1960s, pan-ethnicization in the 1970s, and localization in the 1990s and 2000s. She focuses on the transformation and self-representation of the Chinese American community through its biggest annual events. Different from many contemporary studies of U.S. ethnic festivals and beauty contests that adopt a white/non-white analytical binary, this book proposes a colonial settler-indigenous triangular model in understanding U.S. racial relations and ethnic self-representation.
By using this essential tool, collection development librarians can get an overview of the reference resources made available in the last five years. You'll find this unique title in the American Reference Books Annual series immensely helpful in subject selection and in identifying worthwhile titles more easily and more effectively. Index to American Reference Books Annual 2010-2014: A Cumulative Index to Subjects, Authors, and Titles presents five years of information on reference materials that have appeared in ARBA from 2010 to 2014 all in a single volume. It contains the latest reviews of general and subject-specific almanacs, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, indexes, electronic resources, and more. Each entry in ARBA presents full bibliographic information, an evaluative review, and citations to professional journals containing other published reviews.
This is an outstanding anthology of work on film-festival programming. Combining theoretical and historical overviews with detailed studies of individual festivals and personal testimonies from experts long associated with film festivals, the book makes a thorough, wide-ranging and insightful effort at covering a field that has been significantly neglected in scholarship. As the first book to make film-festival programming its main focus, the book should be considered an essential contribution to the growing body of published work on film festivals. Chris Fujiwara, Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival By focusing specifically on programming strategies, Coming Soon to a Theatre near You gives a new twist to the frequently discussed topic of film festivals as 'alternative distribution networks'. The book makes a distinctive contribution to the field by fusing certain preoccupations in the burgeoning area of festival studies with the intricacies of programming. Richard Porton, Cineaste Jeffrey Ruoff has tracked down film festival insiders as well as key researchers in the emergent field of film-festival studies. The combination makes for a valuable synergistic anthology that lays bare the inner workings of a world too often trivialized or deified by those who don't realize what transpires 'behind the curtain.' This important collection raises the bar on festival writing, interrogates questions of taste and marketing, and offers a model for the next stage of study. B. Ruby Rich, Professor, Film and Digital Media Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
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