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A Game on the High Seas
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   A story of the chance encounter on a ship between the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng, and the son of a fugitive slave in the wake of the American Civil War.

Lecture presented by Yunte Huang

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7 pm
Members only Reception • 6:15 – 6:45 pm
Cost: $5 (SBMM members), $15 (non-members)
Register: Go to www.sbmm.org or call (805) 456 8747

Sponsored by Marie L. Morrisroe
Supported by Silvio Di Loreto (in memoriam)

   A GAME ON THE HIGH SEAS will be based on Huang’s forthcoming book, Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History (Liveright, 2018). The book draws a portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were “discovered” in Siam by a British merchant in 1824. Bringing an Asian American perspective to this almost implausible story, Huang depicts the twins, arriving in Boston in 1829, first as museum exhibits but later as financially savvy showmen who gained their freedom and traveled the backroads of rural America to bring “entertainment” to the Jacksonian mobs. Their rise from subhuman, freak-show celebrities to rich southern gentry; their marriage to two white sisters, resulting in twenty-one children; and their owning of slaves, is here not just another sensational biography but a Hawthorne-like excavation of America’s historical penchant for finding feast in the abnormal, for tyrannizing the “other”―a tradition that, as Huang reveals, becomes inseparable from American history itself.

   A Guggenheim Fellow, Yunte Huang is a professor of English at UCSB and the author of CHARLIE CHAN (2010), which won the Edgar Award and was the finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.
   Event Category & Type:  Other Misc. Event ( Misc. Events (No Leisure/Rec./Sport))

VENUE
   Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA  93109

TICKETING
   Ticket Pricing:  From $5 to $15
   Phone:  (805) 962-8404
   Internet:  Website

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   This event is ..... Open to the Public, Indoor, Handicapped Accessible, NON Smoking, Cell Phones & Pagers Permitted, Cameras & Recording Permitted, but with some restrictions, NO Pets & Animals, All Welcome, Casual

   

 



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