This work pursues the phenomenon of contact or encounter particularly as it relates to China and the islands of the Pacific Ocean. It looks at how the Chinese have perceived their Other as heathen and exotic, and how the West has similarly perceived the Chinese.
O. R. DATHORNE is Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and founder and director of the Association of Caribbean Studies. A native of Guyana, Dathorne represents a postcolonialist viewpoint, marginalized by majority discourse. He has taught at four African universities and five American universities, including Yale. He is a prolific novelist and poet and the author of more than fifteen books, including The Black Mind (1974), Dark Ancestor (1981), Dele's Child (1986), In Europe's Image (Bergin & Garvey, 1994) and Imagining the World (Bergin & Garvey, 1994).