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Ching Ling Foo: America’s First Chinese Superstar


May 25, 2021

Book Details

On the eve of the 20th century, Chinese magician Ching Ling Foo, one of the greatestillusionists ever seen on American soil, along with his talented family of musicians andacrobats overcomes deportation attempts, homeland tragedy, crooked managers and a diabolically clever American copycat to make an indelible impact on American culturebecoming one of the highest paid and most popular acts in the United States twice. First, between 1898 and 1900 then once more between 1912 and 1915.Foo's story is indeed a magical one but, it is also so much more. With its focus on the interplay between Chinese and Western culture, celebrity, intercultural teen singing sensations, geopolitics, international intrigue, nativism, and disruptive technology, careful readers will discover "Foo" may hold many lessons for our own increasingly unruly era.

Author Description

Samuel Porteous is an award-winning Shanghai-based author/illustrator, with almost 20 years experience living and working in China. For the last 10 years, he has been Chief Creative Director of Drowsy Emperor, a small boutique desigry content studio serving Chinese and Western audiences. Samuel's work focuses on the special place China holds in the Western imagination. Mis China analysis, drawing on his earlier career as top China based corporate investigator and intelligence analyst has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Globe and Mail, and Hong Kong Standard. He is currently artist in residence at TanYuan Gardens.

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