Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Essay "The Song of the 'Chinese Nightingale'"

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Title

Essay "The Song of the 'Chinese Nightingale'"

Description

This essay by then-editor-in-chief Louise Dinwiddie, analyzes the 1929 poem "The Chinese Nightingale" by white American writer Vachel Lindsay. The poem mentions many facets of Chinese culture and, as Dinwiddie recognizes, asserts that culture is timeless and valuable even as Chinese people immigrate to other lands. Dinwiddie calls Lindsay's portrayal "whimsical" and contrasts it with his "terrified" poem "The Congo." She also claims that the poem has "the slant angle of vision peculiar to the Eastern eye" and hints to a perceived mystery surrounding Asian cultures.

Source

Dinwiddie, Louise."The Song of the 'Chinese Nightingale.'" <em>The Messenger</em> LVIII, no. 3 (1932): 25-32. 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

1932

Contributor

Caroline Weber
Gabby Kiser

Language

English

Type

Identifier

MessengerLVIII.3.25-1932

Files

Citation

Louise Dinwiddie, “Essay "The Song of the 'Chinese Nightingale'",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed August 14, 2020, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/69.