Happy Hsiungs

Happy Hsiungs

Performing China and the Struggle for Modernity

eBook - 2014
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Between 1935 and 1936, the play Lady Precious Stream was a big success as being performed and running for 1,000 nights at the Little Theatre in London. Its writer-director, Shih-I Hsiung, was the first Chinese person to direct a West End play. Hsiung's wife, Dymia, was also remarkable as the first Chinese woman in Britain to publish a fictional autobiography in English. By retrieving the lost histories of these two celebrated writers, this book considers how ideas of China and Chineseness are circulated and contested globally. Though fêted as 'The Happy Hsiungs', their lives ultimately highlight a bitter struggle in attempts to become modern.
Publisher: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, HKU, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9789888268580
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (225 pages)
Additional Contributors: ProQuest (Firm)


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