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Author Xiang, Sunny, author.

Title Tonal intelligence : the aesthetics of Asian inscrutability during the long Cold War / Sunny Xiang.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]

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Description 1 online resource (xi, 353 pages) : illustrations.
text file
Series Literature Now
Literature Now.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Hardly war, partly history -- The tone of intelligence : unconventional warfare and its archives -- The tone of the rumors : something in the air -- The tone of the times : a surpassing hurry -- The tone of documentation : the brainwashee's drone -- The tone of intimacy : among the fish -- Coda: The tone of commons : solidarities without a solid.
Summary Why were U.S. intelligence organizations so preoccupied with demystifying East and Southeast Asia during the mid-twentieth century' Sunny Xiang offers a new way of understanding the American cold war in Asia by tracing aesthetic manifestations of 'Oriental inscrutability' across a wide range of texts. She examines how cold war regimes of suspicious thinking produced an ambiguity between 'Oriental' enemies and Asian allies, contributing to the conflict's status as both a 'real war' and a 'long peace.' Xiang puts interrogation reports, policy memos, and field notes into conversation with novels, poems, documentaries, and mixed media work by artists such as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ha Jin, and Trinh T. Minh-ha. She engages her archive through a reading practice centered on tone, juxtaposing Asian diasporans who appear similar in profile yet who differ in tone. Tonal Intelligence considers how the meaning of race, war, and empire came under pressure during two interlinked periods of geopolitical transition: American 'nation-building' in East and Southeast Asia during the mid-twentieth century and Asian economic modernization during the late twentieth century. By reading both state records and aesthetic texts from these periods for their tone rather than their content, Xiang shows how bygone threats of Asian communism and emergent regimes of Asian capitalism have elicited distinct yet related anxieties about racial intelligibility. Featuring bold methods, unlikely archives, and acute close readings, Tonal Intelligence rethinks the marking and making of race during the long cold war.-- Provided by publisher.
Biography Sunny Xiang is assistant professor of English at Yale University.
Language In English.
Local Note eBooks on EBSCOhost EBSCO eBook Subscription Academic Collection - North America
Subject Asia -- Foreign public opinion, American.
Pacific Area -- Foreign public opinion, American.
Orientalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War -- Secret service.
Asians in literature.
Asians in motion pictures.
Asian Americans -- Race identity.
Propaganda, American -- Asia -- History -- 20th century.
Propaganda, American -- Pacific Area -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1989.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- Asian American.
Asian Americans -- Race identity.
Asians in literature.
Asians in motion pictures.
Diplomatic relations.
Propaganda, American.
Public opinion, American.
Pacific Area.
United States.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History.
Electronic books.
Added Title Aesthetics of Asian inscrutability during the long Cold War
Other Form: Print version: Xiang, Sunny. Tonal intelligence. New York : Columbia University Press, [2020] (DLC) 2020017168
ISBN 9780231551915 (electronic book)
0231551916 (electronic book)
9780231196963 (hardcover)
9780231196970 (paperback)
Standard No. 10.7312/xian19696
Music No. EB00820870 Recorded Books