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Fateful Ties
Author: Gordon H. Chang

ISBN: 9780674050396
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 26 February 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.5 x 3.7
Description:
Americans look to China with fascination and fear, unsure whether the rising Asian power is friend or foe but certain it will play a crucial role in America s future. This is nothing new, Gordon Chang says. For centuries, Americans have been convinced of China s importance to their own national destiny. Fateful Ties draws on literature, art, biography, popular culture, and politics to trace America s long and varied preoccupation with China.China has held a special place in the American imagination from colonial times, when Jamestown settlers pursued a passage to the Pacific and Asia. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Americans plied a profitable trade in Chinese wares, sought Chinese laborers to build the West, and prized China s art and decor. China was revered for its ancient culture but also drew Christian missionaries intent on saving souls in a heathen land. Its vast markets beckoned expansionists, even as its migrants were seen as a yellow peril that prompted the earliest immigration restrictions. A staunch ally during World War II, China was a dangerous adversary in the Cold War that followed. In the post-Mao era, Americans again embraced Ch...

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