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Ends of EmpireAsian American Critique and the Cold War$
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Jodi Kim

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816655915

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816655915.001.0001

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The El Dorado of Commerce

The El Dorado of Commerce

China’s Billion Bellies

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Ends of Empire

Jodi Kim

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses how the emergence of communism in 1949 China influenced and determined the Vietnam and Korean wars. It centers on the so-called metaphorics of America’s “China watching,” prompted by the yearning for the renowned Chinese market. It examines the classic Cold War conspiracy thriller The Manchurian Candidate and the gendered racial trope of Butterfly—the self-sacrificing Asian woman —as part of demonstrating how cultural productions shed light to the metaphorics of America’s simultaneous fear and longing as an imperialist and gendered racial dominion. Communist China proves to be a competitor and, in many ways, replaces the Soviet Union as America’s primary Cold War threat.

Keywords:   communism, China watching, Chinese market, The Manchurian Candidate, Communist China, Soviet Union

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