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Chinese Americans in Literature…more than just The Woman Warrior and The Joyluck Club

Posted by litdaily on August 24, 2010

Maylene Tang pays her respects to the first popular novel writer of Chinese American descent, Winnifred Eaton, who was born on August 21, 1875.  Writing under the pen name of Onoto Watanna, she passed herself off as Japanese American. She and her sister, known as Sui Sin Far, were biracial Chinese and English…more >>

While books like Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and Amy Tan’s popular novel, The Joy Luck Club brought Chinese American literature into the limelight by discussing assimilation and gender, earlier writers portrayed the difficulties of belonging in a black/white America where “Chinese” meant being neither white nor black.


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