"This fine interdisciplinary study incorporates the history of the middle class, art, and literature as it historicizes the ways in which white famles participated in, produced, and benefited from Americans' ambivalent fascination with Japan and China and contributed to the feminization of American orientalism during the Gilded Age. Yoshihara's careful research and nuanced readings of multiple texts...is engaging and provocative, and her analysis of the intersections of gender and race is particularly insightful."--American Historical Review
"A welcome addition to the literature on American Orientalism and imperialism....contributes to a significant discussion about how white women in the United States have enhanced and imperialistic vision and the perpetuation of racial stereotypes."--H-Net Reviews
"Yoshihara's careful research and nuanced readings of multiple texts, particularly in the first two parts of the book, is engaging and provocative, and her analysis of the intersections of gender and race is particularly insightful. This book is a valuable contribution to the history of U.S. women and American orientalism."--American Historical Review
"brings rich and careful analysis to an examination of white women's role in constructing orientalism. Highly original in its approach and extremely suggestive for work in a range of related topics, this book crafts a nuanced analysis of white women's influence in generating and mediating U.S. gendered discourse on Asia."- American Literature
"Yoshihara offers an important gender dimension that is missing from the existing scholarship.... The strength of this book lies in itscareful and nuanced analyses of these texts and figures as well as the cultural circumstances that shaped their creation."-- The Journal of American History
About the Author
Mari Yoshihara is at University of Hawaii, Manoa.