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1st study, published in China, of anti-Chinese racism in American literature  

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Ah Sin and His Brethren in American Literature

Fenn, William Purviance

Peiping [Peking], China

College of Chinese Studies



131, xli pp. (8vo), original red printed wrappers.

First study, by an American academic in war-torn China, of anti-Chinese racism in American literature, from Bret Harte’s “Heathen Chinee” through the Chinatown "yellow peril" fiction of the 1920s, (but not including the Charlie Chan series that began in 1925).

With a tipped-in printed letter of presentation from W.B.Pettus, President of the College of Chinese Studies, addressed to “Californians who come to Peking.” Less well-known that Yale and Harvard In China, the College taught Chinese language and culture to visiting Western diplomats and businessmen, established “fraternal relations” with California colleges and, during World War II, trained China-bound military officers at UC Berkeley.

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