Now let's bring
our investigation of the conditions that resulted in a long and now controversial
period of Chinese exclusion to a climax by focusing on the powerful role that
images played. "Like insects trapped in amber," Gray Breeching has
said of San Francisco's The Wasp, "the magazine left behind images
that give historians vital clues to the tenor of a bygone era." Let's see what these "specimens"
- Re-read the essay on “Sentiment Concerning
the Chinese: Illustrations from Periodicals," and re-browse the gallery in the “Topical
Overview: Essays and Galleries” section.
- Go to the Theme Index,
and see the numbered list of the images in the gallery of the "Sentiment Concerning
the Chinese: Illustrations from Periodicals" section.
- Whether you access them
through the gallery or through the Theme Index, explore a large range of
- Specifically, ultimately
find and focus on one or more images from the periodicals The Wasp,
The Wave, and New York's Harper's Weekly and Monthly as the subjects for your blog in the
“Periodicals” section of the discussion board.
- Please identify the specific
locations of the selected items by item number or by direct link so that
others may easily view them.
- In your blog consider such
- What do these images
- How do these images represent
the Chinese or some aspect of the debate on Chinese immigration?
- Are there differences
in the representations of the Chinese in the three magazines?
- What are the respective
roles of image and text in establishing the conditions for legislating exclusion?
- Did the images add anything
to your reading of mostly textual material in the previous assignment?
- Did you feel differently
about the issue as a result of the images?
- Conclude today's blog with
some sort of appropriate wrap up for this week exploring the Chinese in
California: 1850-1925 web site:
- What have you learned
that you didn't know before?
- Is there something that
you feel differently about?
- As you look back on the
visit to the site, is there some person, some issue, some document, some
image that stands out?
- As you look back on the
blogs of others you've read, is there some comment or cluster of comments
that stand out?
- What are your feelings
about the archive itself? Did it allow for complete study of the issue?
Was it constructed efficiently?
- Read other blogs as time
permits, but reply thoughtfully to the blog of at least one other person
(if at all possible, reply to a person you haven't replied to before and
who hasn't received a reply).
- Consider an addendum to
your blog as a result of reading others.
"Often what is depicted in the periodicals
reflects a complicated history of relations and
reactions that the Chinese experienced in coming to the American West."