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 rumor that she had been a Protestant missionary working with the city's predominantly male Chinese immigrant population, seemed to provide the necessary explanation. Overnight, the city's and nation's newspapers quickly publicized ...
... 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 undergoing rapid industrial and commercial expansion, and unprecedented population growth.
READING AND MAPPING TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY NEW YORK CITY CHINATOWN Revisiting nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century published texts that purport to describe accurately the everyday lives of the city's Chinese immigrant population ...
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.
The press frequently played up this angle of the tragedy, emphasizing that despite her family's concerns, Elsie continued to devote herself to the selfless task of Christianizing and educating the city's heathen Chinese population.
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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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