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The Happy Hsiungs: Performing China and the Struggle for Modernity

Diana Yeh

Abstract

“Try Something Different. Something Really Chinese“ The Happy Hsiungs recovers the lost histories of Shih-I and Dymia Hsiung, two once highly visible, but now largely forgotten Chinese writers in Britain, who sought to represent China and Chineseness to the rest of the world. Shih-I shot to worldwide fame with his play Lady Precious Stream in the 1930s and became known as the first Chinese director to work in the West End and on Broadway. Dymia was the first Chinese woman in Britain to publish a fictional autobiography in English. Diana Yeh traces the Hsiungs’ lives from their childhood in Qin ... More

Keywords: Diaspora, China, Chineseness, British Chinese, Identity, Race, Nation, Transnational, Lady Precious Stream, Shih-I Hsiung

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208173
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208173.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Yeh, author