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Chinaman

The Chinaman (Gerald V. Casale)

The Chinaman, AKA China Man, played by Gerald Casale, is an embodiment of the stereotypical wise Asian master. He appears in a brief shot in the "Secret Agent Man" segment of In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution. He wrote the introduction to Booji Boy's book My Struggle. [1]
Chinaman speaks the lyrics to "Social Fools" in the studio/demo version of "Somewhere With Devo".

China Man appeared with three other DEVO characters in at least three confirmed shows in 1975

  • 1975
    • 1975-04-04 "Boogie Boy, China Man, Jungle Jim, & The Clown" perform twice, before consecutive showings of the film Pink Flamingos directed by John Waters [2]
      General Jackett remembered Jerry wearing the tampon fringe coat at this event. Mark remembers they were in character all night. [3]
    • 1975-09-31 Boogie Boy, "The Clown, Jungle Jim and The Chinaman" [4] wore the blue worksuits again at the WHK Auditorium (WMMS-FM Halloween Party), Cleveland, OH[5]
  • 1977
    • Unknown Mabuhay Gardens Performance. Possibly from October
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G.V.C. was seen donning the eyeglasses in later performances.

The novelty glasses worn by Gerald V. Casale appear in The Office episode "The Dundies" (2005), worn by Steve Carell playing Michael Scott. The frames of the novelty glasses were worn by Mark Mothersbaugh in the oh, no! it's DEVO videos and album cover and on the front and back covers of the "Peek·A·Boo!" single releases.

Notes and References[]

  1. Mothersbaugh, M. (as Booji Boy), (Introduction by Gerald Casale as Chinaman). My Struggle. (Cleveland: rjs, publisher, 1st edition, 1978).

    [Jerry as Chinaman wrote the introduction to Booji Boy’s book My Struggle - pages minus 13 to minus 1.]
    “IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE (WHAT I BELIEVE)”
    “II. CORRECTION & DISCIPLINE”
    “III. PAINFUL ELIMINATION”.
    https://archive.org/details/mystruggle_201811/page/n5/mode/2up?ref=ol&view=theater

  2. "DEVO (The De-evolution Band) 'How LOW can you go!' featuring Boogie Boy, China Man, Jungle Jim, & The Clown"
    Page 9 Advertisements. Daily Kent Stater. (1975, April 4). KSU library online archive.
    http://dks.library.kent.edu/cgi-bin/kentstate?a=d&d=dks19750404-01.2.37.1&srpos=1&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-%22Boogie+Boy%2c+China+Man%2c+Jungle+Jim%2c+%26+The+Clown%22------ (From archive.org).

  3. Jason Prufer. "DEVO's Seminal 1975 Night on Kent State's Front Campus - An early DEVO show in what's now Cartwright Hall unveils a window into Kent's early underground culture". Patch. (2011, July 6). (Updated 2012, March 19).
    https://patch.com/ohio/kent/bp--devos-seminal-1975-night-on-kent-states-front-campus (From archive.org).

    Interviewed by Jason Prufer, Gary “General” Jackett remembered Jerry wearing the tampon fringe coat at this event.
    In a 2001, January 18 interview with Jade Dellinger, Jackett wasn’t sure if Mark had joined by then.

    Bob Lewis was not interviewed regarding this event.
    huboon.com/1973_76.html (https://archive.is/QhnE6#selection-503.6-503.8)

  4. George Gimarc. Punk Diary, 1970-1979: The Ultimate Complete Day-By-Day Reference Guide to Punk. St. Martin's Press. (1994).

    They come out in their costumes as (Boogie) Boy, The Clown, Jungle Jim and The Chinaman. In the liner notes to the 1992 Ryko CD release “The Mongoloid Years,” Mark remembers, “using homemade electronic drums, and a mini-moog, a clavinet, a customized lobotomized Hagstrom guitar, and bass, we proceed to torture stoned urban hippies with 'performance art' way before that label even existed...”


  5. Devo Live Guide 1973 to 1977. huboon.com/1973_77.html (From archive.org).


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