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A Writer’s Journey

Posted by litdaily on September 23, 2010

Brad Wong writes about his journey on the Chinese Heritage Tour on the west coast.  The tour remembers early Chinese pioneers who migrated and workered under extremely difficult conditions in mines and agriculture in the 19th century…more>>

This article is one of many heartfelt writings that attempt to recover a forgotten past.  One of these pasts is the history of Asian Americans who have always occupied a dubious and ambiguous position in the American imaginary (culture, economics, politics, media, etc).

These tours are extremely important in providing a way for people to know history. Simply walking through a historic town is enough to remind one that America and American history is multifaceted, complex, and complicated.  The difficult part, though, is figuring out how to get more people involved so that it’s not only the “Chinese” who are taking the tours, but also others who comprise different racial groups.

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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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