"Chinese mariners and their craft represent one of the world's oldest and most advanced seafaring traditions. Chinese Junks in the Pacific is a scholarly and readable examination of the subject and how the West's mistaken perceptions of China's seafarers led to more than a century of neglect and misguided condescension." -- James P. DelgadoFrom the Publisher:
Beginning in 1905, a handful of traditional Chinese sailing vessels, known as junks, sailed from China to North America across the Pacific. These were some of the last commercial sailing junks of China, most of which had little trouble crossing thousands of miles of ocean on their way to American ports. As travelling cultural objects, displaying a variety of gruesome weaponry and other artifacts, some of them served as public floating museums. The arrival of these vessels allowed Western observers to catch a rare glimpse of a little-known yet sophisticated maritime technology and seafaring culture. Van Tilburg's study of this history - the maritime heritage of Chinese junks and their transpacific voyages - examines ten junks, how they were made, why and how they traveled, and how the West received them. Combining historical narrative with ethnology, anthropology, maritime archaeology, and nautical technology, he draws on a wide range of newspaper sources, secondary texts, nautical treatise, archaeological site work, rare historical photos and sketches, and the personal testimony of the sailors themselves to examine these vessels not only as transport vehicles but as complex cultural artifacts that "speak" of a distant seafaring past and intimate cultural ties to the sea. While attention to maritime China has focused primarily on periods versus centuries, Chinese Junks in the Pacific is the story behind the traditional Chinese vessels of the 19th century and how the West misunderstood them.
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Descripción University Press of Florida, 2007. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 1st. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0813030536