The representation of interracial romance in the 20th century
This dissertation seeks to explore the representation of interracial romance between a Caucasian and a Chinese (a Eurasian) in Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1960s, through the discussion of the two novels, The World of Suzie Wong, A Many Splendored Thing and their film adaptations. The main body is divided into three parts, focusing on the different aspects of interracial romance. The first chapter focuses on Edward Said? Orientalism in the analysis of how Hong Kong is perceived by the West, for instance, the depiction of Hong Kong as an aberrant, undeveloped and inferior place, and the portrayal of Hong Kong as something to be feared and controlled. The second chapter discusses the role of the West as the White Knight, by discussing the ways in which the West plays the role of a savior in delivering the Oriental heroine from the atrocities of the Oriental World. After acknowledging the limitations of the White knight in his mission to save the Non-white heroine, the last chapter concentrates on the doomed destiny of interracial romance. It examines the contrastive endings of the two novels in the aim to discuss the factors which account for the difference in portrayal of interracial romance.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:mason richard the world of suzie wong han suyin 1917 a many splendored thing interracial dating
Date of Publication:01/01/2005