1st Edition

Chinese American Masculinities From Fu Manchu to Bruce Lee

By Jachinson Chan Copyright 2002
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is one of the first scholarly analyses of the current social constructions of Chinese American masculinities. Arguing that many of these notions are limited to stereotypes, Chan goes beyond this to present a more complex understanding of the topic. Incorporating historical references, literary analysis and sociological models to describe the construct a variety of masculine identities, Chan also examines popular novels (Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan), films (Bruce Lee), comic books (Master of Kung Fu), and literature (M. Butterfly).

    Part I

    1. American Inheritance: Chinese American Male Identities

    2. Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu: Scrutinizing the Inscrutable

    3. Charlie Chan: A Model Minority Man

    4. Bruce Lee as a sexualized object of Desire

    5. Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu

    Part II

    6. From Boyhood to Manhood

    7. Towards A Masculinity of Inclusion

    Epilogue: Contemporary Asian American Men's Issues


    Jachinson Chan,

    "...an important text...a valuable contribution to the growing scholarship on media and popular culture, masculinity and gender studies, cultural studies, and, of course, Asian and Asian American studies. Also original, and extremely useful for those interested innot just textual analysis but also in pedagogy and social change, is Chan's own thoughtful reflection on his own course Journal of Asian Studies."