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Play "Jade (A Play in One Act)"

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Title

Play "Jade (A Play in One Act)"

Description

In this play by the Messenger’s then-editor-in-chief, Louise Dinwiddie, two Englishmen are traveling in “the Orient” in a search for collectables. One, Jade, sees China as a beautiful and mysterious location, while the other, Michael, complains about its danger and lack of civility. The two are accompanied by a Chinese servant named Kin Cho, an Asian caricature who speaks in broken English and is characterized as having “a keen intelligent look.” When the group sees a jade lotus, Kin Cho warns the Englishmen that it’s the “soul spirit” of “God Chung.” Jade ignores him and picks the flower, which kills him, prompting Kin Cho to say, “Great god, he kill.” The play ends with describing a statue of the Buddha as “grotesque” and “sinister.”

Source

Dinwiddie, Louise. "Jade (A Play in One Act)." <em>The Messenger</em> LIX, no. 2 (Spring 1933): 22-30. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.Virginia Baptist Historical Society, The Messenger 1920

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1933

Contributor

Caroline Weber
Gabby Kiser

Language

English

Type

Identifier

MessengerLIX.2.22-1933

Files

Citation

Dinwiddie, Louise, “Play "Jade (A Play in One Act)",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed September 23, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/74.