Let’s first discuss the enduring nature of American Pop Culture by comparing Hollywood in 1934 to Hollywood in 2015…
“Nowhere in the world is the clown, the pretender, the imitator, the exhibitor of indecency, the promoter of vice and immorality, namely the actor, so glorified, deified, and worshipped as in these United States.” –from An Oriental View of American Civilization by No-Yong Park (Pao), Ph.D. 1934, Hale, Cushman & Flint.
This is an extremely interesting book – not only because Dr. No-Yong Park contrasts life in China with life in America in the 1930s, but for how much has changed here (“The American Woman and Her Shortcomings”) and for how much has not (“Clown Worship in America” – i.e. Hollywood). The author signed in both English and Chinese characters on the first free end-page.
(Last year, I reviewed different features of this book in a poetry format)