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Made-Up Asians: Yellowface During the Exclusion Era
by Esther Kim Lee
University of Michigan Press, 2022
Paper: 978-0-472-05543-2 | eISBN: 978-0-472-22032-8 | Cloth: 978-0-472-07543-0
Library of Congress Classification PN2071.Y45L44 222
Dewey Decimal Classification 792.0290895073

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Made-Up Asians traces the history of yellowface, the theatrical convention of non-Asian actors putting on makeup and costume to look East Asian. Using specific case studies from European and U.S. theater, race science, and early film, Esther Kim Lee traces the development of yellowface in the U.S. context during the Exclusion Era (1862–1940), when Asians faced legal and cultural exclusion from immigration and citizenship. These caricatured, distorted, and misrepresented versions of Asians took the place of excluded Asians on theatrical stages and cinema screens. The book examines a wide-ranging set of primary sources, including makeup guidebooks, play catalogs, advertisements, biographies, and backstage anecdotes, providing new ways of understanding and categorizing yellowface as theatrical practice and historical subject. Made-Up Asians also shows how lingering effects of Asian exclusionary laws can still be seen in yellowface performances, casting practices, and anti-Asian violence into the 21st century. 
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