Chinese American literature since the 1850s /
Xiao-huang Yin ; foreword by Roger Daniels.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2000.
xiv, 307 p. : ill.
0252025245 (alk. paper)
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2000.
0252025245 (alk. paper)
contents note
Plea and protest: voices of early Chinese immigrants -- Writings of the "cultivated Chinese": improving the image to win -- Sympathy and acceptance -- The voice of a Eurasian: Sui Sin Far and her writings -- Seeking a place in American life: autobiographical writings of second-generation Chinese -- What's in a name: Chinese-language literature in America -- immigration blues: themes and subject matter in Chinese-language -- Literature since the 1960s -- Multiple voices and the "war of words": Chinese American literature -- In the contemporary era -- epilogue -- English-Chinese glossary -- English-Chinese bibliography -- Selected bibliography -- Index.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-12-01:
Yin (Occidental College) provides the student of Chinese American literature with a thought-provoking study of works written in Chinese or English by Chinese American immigrants. The author employs new historicist techniques in offering a detailed historical backdrop for the pieces he examines and at the same time develops a "social history" of Chinese American life. Accordingly, the book reveals the intersection of both cultures in the writings of individuals. Works range from obscure early voices writing for greater social tolerance of their Chinese American communities (e.g., an 1852 letter to then-governor of California John Bigler, poetry found at the detaining center at Angel Island, the English-Chinese Phrase Book, compiled by Wong Sam in 1875) to well-known "mainstream" voices such as Sui Sin Far, Maxine Hong Kingston, Frank Chin, Amy Tan, and Gish Jen. Chapters 5 and 6 survey Chinese American writers writing in Chinese, noting that their themes have more references to classical Chinese literature and the lives of academicians than the works written in English. Included is a 23-page bibliography of English-language sources and a five-page bibliography of Chinese-language sources. Most useful to graduate students. B. M. McNeal; Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
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Essential introduction and guide to the development of Chinese literature in America.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Plea and Protest: The Voices of Early Chinese Immigrantsp. 11
The Writing of "Cultivated Chinese": Improving an Image to Win Sympathy and Acceptancep. 53
The Voice of a Eurasian: Sui Sin Far and Her Writingp. 85
Seeking a Place in American Life: The Autobiographical Writing of Second-Generation Chinesep. 117
What's in a Name: Chinese-Language Literature in Americap. 157
Immigration Blues: Themes and Subject Matter in Chinese-Language Literature since the 1960sp. 184
Multiple Voices and the "War of Words": Contemporary Chinese American Literaturep. 229
Epiloguep. 255
Glossaryp. 263
English Bibliographyp. 267
Chinese Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 297
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