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The Son's Father, A Play in One Act by Mary Lucile Saunders

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The Son's Father, A Play in One Act by Mary Lucile Saunders
The Messenger Volume 58. Fall Issue No.1 1931
Page 5 (1 of 18)

Description

A play in one act written by Mary Lucile Saunders that takes place in a "Chinese town." The play follows the conversation of characters. Special attention should be paid to Saunders' description of each character, especially to Charlie and Ling. Charlie is described as "A half-breed whose foreign good so predominates that he would appear to be a white man were it not for his wearing the costume of his country." Ling is described as "A young coolie who is a servant in the household." In this context, a coolie refers to an unskilled laborer who was bought for service work with negative connotations associated with being from the lower-class, but today "coolie" is known as a racial slur.

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Richmond, VA

Date

1931

Contributor

Caroline Weber

Format

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Collection

Citation

Valerie LeMasurier, “The Son's Father, A Play in One Act by Mary Lucile Saunders,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed January 22, 2020, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/70.