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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A glance through some of the city's major newspapers—New York Herald, New York Times, World, New York Tribune—and popular magazines reveals that period's sensationalistic reporting of Chinatown life as defined by sordid underground vice ...
... less concerned with finding out what truly happened than affixing a particular set of narratives to explain the murder— that would remain in accordance with turn-of-the-century popular views on race, class, gender, and sexuality.
Likewise, popular depictions of these spaces and of the murder itself—through imparting moral and social lessons for readers—also worked to reassert social and spatial boundaries by restraining the physical and social movement of ...
Popular Chinatown narratives that portray white womanhood under assault, such as those appearing after the Elsie Sigel murder, echoed this period's concerns with the physical and social mobility of different urban populations.
These narratives of interracial sexual liaisons circulating in popular culture worked to construct categories of sexual and moral deviance and helped in the absence of anti-miscegenation laws to support other institutional forms of ...
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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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