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Drawing New Color LinesTransnational Asian American Graphic Narratives$
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Monica Chiu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139385

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139385.001.0001

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“Maybe It’s Time for a Little History Lesson Here”

“Maybe It’s Time for a Little History Lesson Here”

Autographics and Ann Marie Fleming’s The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

(p.125) “Maybe It’s Time for a Little History Lesson Here”
Drawing New Color Lines

Stacilee Ford

Hong Kong University Press

In Chapter 6, Stacilee Ford finds that while the “cartoonification of history” assists students in grasping the past by cutting through dense historical narratives and eliminating jargon, Fleming’s filmic and graphic biography of her great-grandfather, Long Tack Sam, a famous but now forgotten Chinese-born vaudeville magician and performer, poses unique issues for her students. Under Ford’s scrutiny, Fleming’s undercurrents of self-orientalism mirror those of her great-grandfather. They are both performers of sorts, one consciously for entertainment reasons (Long Tack Sam), while Fleming the documentarian is, unfortunately, unconscious of her own filmic and literary tricks, thus both using and misusing the past.

Keywords:   Asian American, Graphic novels, Comic Artists, Race, Asia, America, Caricatures, Manga, Visual studies, Pop Culture

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