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Brokering Glory for the Chinese Nation: Peking Opera's 1930 American Tour


Nancy Guy


This article takes the 1930 American performance tour by Peking opera superstar Mei Lanfang (1894–1961) as its focus. Drawing on data from both American and Chinese primary sources, particular attention is placed on the interests of both the Chinese tour organizers and American audience members. The organizers' motivations are examined against the backdrop of China's historical and political context. Mei's tour was a resounding success; in New York, for example, the engagement was extended from two to five weeks, during which time Mei played before capacity houses. The Chinese and the Americans entered into a discourse with both sides having their expectations met.

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