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Chinatown opera theater in North America

Author: Nancy Yunhwa Rao
Publisher: Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Chinatown opera house provided Chinese immigrants with an essential source of entertainment during the pre "World War II era". But its stories of loyalty, obligation, passion, and duty also attracted diverse patrons into Chinese American communities.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Yunhwa Rao
ISBN: 9780252040566 0252040562 9780252082030 0252082036
OCLC Number: 946905311
Description: xiv, 415 pages : illustrations, map, music ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Everyday practice and the imaginary --
Transnational history and immigration. Shaping forces, networks, and local influences ; The Chinese Exclusion Act and Chinatown theaters ; Immigration : privilege or right? --
Performance practice of the 1920s. Aesthetics, repertoire, roles, and playbills ; An examination of the aria song "Shilin jita" --
British Columbia and remaking opera in San Francisco. Powder and rouge : theaters in British Columbia ; From Lun On and Lun Hop to the Great China Theater, 1922-1925 ; The affluent years : the Great China Theater, 1926-1928 --
San Francisco's new theater and rivalry. A successful, majestic stage : the Mandarin Theater, 1924-1926 ; A theater of actresses : the Mandarin Theater, 1927-1928 --
In New York and the transnational arena. Two theaters and a merger in New York ; From Honolulu to Havana ; Epilogue.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Nancy Yunhwa Rao.

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The Chinatown opera house provided Chinese immigrants with an essential source of entertainment during the pre "World War II era". But its stories of loyalty, obligation, passion, and duty also attracted diverse patrons into Chinese American communities.

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Comprehensively conceived, exhaustively researched, and clearly written, Rao (TM)s book is an extraordinary achievement documenting a unique musical and theatrical genre in North American history. Read more...

 
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