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  • Lao She in Londonby Anne Witchard

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2012; US$ 18.00

    ‘London is blacker than lacquer’ Lao She remains revered as one of China’s great modern writers. His life and work have been the subject of volumes of critique, analysis and study. However, the four years the young aspiring writer spent in London between 1924 and 1929 have largely been overlooked. Dr Anne Witchard, a specialist in the... more...

  • England's Yellow Perilby Anne Witchard

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 2.80

    As England suffered heavy casualties at the front during World War One, the nation closed ranks against outsiders at home. England sought to reaffirm its racial dominance at the heart of the empire, and the Chinese in London became the principal scapegoat for anti-foreign sentiment. A combination of propaganda and popular culture, from the daily paper... more...

  • Thomas Burke's Dark Chinoiserieby Anne Veronica Witchard

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    Focusing on Thomas Burke's bestselling collection of short stories, Limehouse Nights (1916), this book contextualises the burgeoning cult of Chinatown in turn-of-the-century London. London's 'Chinese Quarter' owed its notoriety to the Yellow Perilism that circulated in Britain at the fin-de-siècle, a demonology of race and vice masked by outward concerns... more...

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