By Yunte Huang
With wry humor, Shakespearean profundity, and trenchant perception, Yunte Huang brings to lifestyles the tale of America’s most renowned nineteenth-century Siamese twins.
Nearly a decade after his victorious Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–1874), twins conjoined on the sternum via a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who have been “discovered” in Siam by way of a British service provider in 1824. Bringing an Asian American point of view to this nearly fantastic tale, Huang depicts the twins, arriving in Boston in 1829, first as museum indicates yet later as financially savvy showmen who received their freedom and traveled the backroads of rural the United States to carry “entertainment” to the Jacksonian mobs. Their upward thrust from subhuman, freak-show celebrities to wealthy southern gentry; their marriage to 2 white sisters, leading to twenty-one teenagers; and their possessing of slaves, is right here not only one other sensational biography yet a Hawthorne-like excavation of America’s historic penchant for locating ceremonial dinner within the irregular, for tyrannizing the “other”—a culture that, as Huang unearths, turns into inseparable from American historical past itself.
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