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Lot 0292
Heading: -1933
Author: Fenn, William Purviance
Title: Ah Sin and His Brethren in American Literature
Place Published: Peiping [Peking], China
Publisher:College of Chinese Studies
Date Published: 1933

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.


Spine frayed and inexpertly repaired with transparent tape; otherwise very good.

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

Estimate $200 - $300Jun 28, 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA