The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City
Princeton University Press, 21 iul. 2020 - 320 pagini
In the summer of 1909, the gruesome murder of nineteen-year-old Elsie Sigel sent shock waves through New York City and the nation at large. The young woman's strangled corpse was discovered inside a trunk in the midtown Manhattan apartment of her reputed former Sunday school student and lover, a Chinese man named Leon Ling.
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The stories—official and unofficial—emerging out of the murder investigation ruptured New Yorkers' perceptions of not only Chinese immigrants in their midst but also the place of white working-class and middle-class women in a city ...
Sigel's decision to leave the protection of her comfortable, white middleclass surroundings in upper Manhattan and ... the immoral and criminal underside of Chinatown in working-class lower Manhattan ultimately led to her undoing.
Second, she expressed the types of sentiments and endearments reserved for properly engaged or married women. By doing so she acted not as one possessing the feminine virtue ascribed to unmarried, respectable middle-class women of her ...
... as overly sentimental and lacking in calm, rational thinking, these critics argued that the only way for further disasters to be averted was to bar middle-class white women from this work and only hire men to teach the Chinese.
Not everyone agreed with McQuaide's fears that Chinese missions posed a moral threat, and his initial efforts to dissuade white middle-class families from allowing their daughters to work in Pittsburgh's Chinese missions met with many ...
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In The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City, Mary Ting Yi Lui examines the murder of Elsie Sigel as a window into the ... Citiți recenzia completă
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More of a textbook/sociology type book than true crime, but was interesting anyway. I learned how terrible chinese/asian men were look upon and treated in the 19th century. Also was suprised to learn that many Irish women preferred Chinese men to their own Irishmen. So all in all, a good read. Citiți recenzia completă
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