Chang and Eng Reconnected: The Original Siamese Twins in American Culture

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Temple University Press, 2012 - History - 203 pages

Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker have fascinated the world since the nineteenth century. In her captivating book, "Chang and Eng Reconnected," Cynthia Wu traces the OC Original Siamese TwinsOCO through the terrain of American culture, showing how their inseparability underscored tensions between individuality and collectivity in the American popular imagination.a

Using letters, medical documents and exhibits, literature, art, film, and family lore, Wu provides a trans-historical analysis that presents the Bunkers as both a material presence and as metaphor. She also shows how the twins figure in representations of race, disability, and science in fictional narratives about nation building.

As astute entrepreneurs, the twins managed their own lives; nonetheless, as "Chang and Eng Reconnected" shows, American culture has always viewed them through the multiple lenses of difference."

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Cynthia Wu is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University at Buffalo.

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