The Fu Manchu Complex, And Today's Anxieties About China

October 15, 2014 12:04 PM

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The Fu Manchu Complex, And Today's Anxieties About China

Imagine a super-villain who operates from within an underground hideout, strikes at the heart of empire through a suicide cult of footsoldiers who see each murder as a steppingstone to paradise, revels in refined forms of torture, broadcasts his intentions to politicians in advance and has dreams of world domination.

Familiar? No, not Osama Bin Laden but Dr. Fu Manchu, the Chinese villain of a series of thirteen novels and several short stories, who made his first appearance in 1913 with The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu/The Insidious Dr Fu Manchu and his last in 1959 with Emperor Fu Manchu. Each novel takes place rou...

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