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Guest Editors' Introduction

Guest Editors' Introduction Western models. As I step in to help Nicoletta explain in Chinese one particular modification, I discover that for about fifteen hundred renminbi, and a ten-day wait, I could have a Yan Bingbing qipao made, all Suzhou silk guaranteed. A few hundred meters from Yan Bingbing’s studio, in a clothes market frequented by crowds of foreigners and Chinese alike, one can buy Burberry’s silk shirts or a pair of Fendi shoes for about fifty renminbi (forty if one bargains). May 1997 Beijing Boarding the train in Beijing for Shenzhen Dressed in brown T-shirt dress bought for twenty renminbi from a vendor in Haidian district, I find my hard sleeper on the train, remove my short black boots that I am wearing because they will not fit in my overstuffed suitcase, and slide them under the lowest bunk. I climb up to my middle berth and have only just settled in when the people around me begin to look curiously. “You are not Chinese, are you?” one abruptly asks. I begin the familiar exchange: I am Canadian; my father was born in Burma, although his parents are originally from Fujian; my mother is English from northern England. I ask http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Guest Editors' Introduction

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
DOI
10.1215/10679847-11-2-261
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Western models. As I step in to help Nicoletta explain in Chinese one particular modification, I discover that for about fifteen hundred renminbi, and a ten-day wait, I could have a Yan Bingbing qipao made, all Suzhou silk guaranteed. A few hundred meters from Yan Bingbing’s studio, in a clothes market frequented by crowds of foreigners and Chinese alike, one can buy Burberry’s silk shirts or a pair of Fendi shoes for about fifty renminbi (forty if one bargains). May 1997 Beijing Boarding the train in Beijing for Shenzhen Dressed in brown T-shirt dress bought for twenty renminbi from a vendor in Haidian district, I find my hard sleeper on the train, remove my short black boots that I am wearing because they will not fit in my overstuffed suitcase, and slide them under the lowest bunk. I climb up to my middle berth and have only just settled in when the people around me begin to look curiously. “You are not Chinese, are you?” one abruptly asks. I begin the familiar exchange: I am Canadian; my father was born in Burma, although his parents are originally from Fujian; my mother is English from northern England. I ask

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