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Chinatown Opera Theater in North America by Nancy Yunhwa Rao (review)

Chinatown Opera Theater in North America by Nancy Yunhwa Rao (review) 502 BOOK REVIEWS REFERENCES Cohen, Alvin P. 1981. “A Taiwanese Puppeteer and His Theatre.” Asian Folklore Studies 40, no. 1: 33–49. Hansen, Kathryn. 2018. “Parsi Theatrical Networks in Southeast Asia: The Contrary Case of Burma.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 49, no. 1: 4–33. CHINATOWN OPERA THEATER IN NORTH AMERICA. By Nancy Yunhwa Rao. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2017. 415 pp. Paperback, $29.95. In an engaging manifesto, Nancy Yunhwa Rao states that to chronicle the history of Chinatown theatres “is to challenge the invisibility of opera performers, to hear and watch them through the words left by its fans, to reimagine it in its full richness and complexity, to relocate Chinese opera theater in both local communities and transnational circuits, to reconstruct its image, and to build a bridge between the past and the present” (p. 320). Chinatown Opera Theater in North America is a thorough success in fulfilling these tasks. Rao examines Cantonese opera in North American Chinatowns during the 1920s at the intersection of theatre history, North American music history, diasporatic cultural studies, gender studies, media studies, and ethnomusicology. This book is an invaluable source for educators, students, and general readers. Rao constructs http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Chinatown Opera Theater in North America by Nancy Yunhwa Rao (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 35 (2) – Sep 14, 2018

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502 BOOK REVIEWS REFERENCES Cohen, Alvin P. 1981. “A Taiwanese Puppeteer and His Theatre.” Asian Folklore Studies 40, no. 1: 33–49. Hansen, Kathryn. 2018. “Parsi Theatrical Networks in Southeast Asia: The Contrary Case of Burma.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 49, no. 1: 4–33. CHINATOWN OPERA THEATER IN NORTH AMERICA. By Nancy Yunhwa Rao. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2017. 415 pp. Paperback, $29.95. In an engaging manifesto, Nancy Yunhwa Rao states that to chronicle the history of Chinatown theatres “is to challenge the invisibility of opera performers, to hear and watch them through the words left by its fans, to reimagine it in its full richness and complexity, to relocate Chinese opera theater in both local communities and transnational circuits, to reconstruct its image, and to build a bridge between the past and the present” (p. 320). Chinatown Opera Theater in North America is a thorough success in fulfilling these tasks. Rao examines Cantonese opera in North American Chinatowns during the 1920s at the intersection of theatre history, North American music history, diasporatic cultural studies, gender studies, media studies, and ethnomusicology. This book is an invaluable source for educators, students, and general readers. Rao constructs

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Published: Sep 14, 2018

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