Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous With American History

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous With American History

By: Huang, Yunte

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Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography,Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaitedportrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–1874), twinsconjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fusedliver, who were “discovered” in Siam by a British merchant in1824. Bringing an Asian American perspective to this almostimplausible story, Huang depicts the twins, arriving in Bostonin 1829, first as museum exhibits but later as financially savvyshowmen who gained their freedom and traveled the backroadsof rural America to bring “entertainment” to the Jacksonianmobs. Their rise from subhuman, freak-show celebrities to richsouthern gentry; their marriage to two white sisters, resulting intwenty-one children; and their owning of slaves, is here not justanother sensational biography but a Hawthorne-like excavationof America’s historical penchant for finding feast in the abnormal,for tyrannizing the “other”—a tradition that, as Huangreveals, becomes inseparable from American history itself.

Title: Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous With American History

Author: Huang, Yunte

Categories: History,

Publisher: USA, Liveright Pub Corp: 04/03/2018

ISBN/UPC Number: 0871404478

ISBN/UPC Number 13: 9780871404473

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Type: Hardcover

Size: 9.50 H x 1.25 D x 6.50 W inches

Seller ID: 9780871404473

Keywords: Inseperable,