Mrs. Spring Fragrance and Other Writings


This volume presents stories from Mrs. Spring Fragrance and uncollected stories and journalistic essays by the first published Asian North American fiction writer.
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This volume presents stories from Mrs. Spring Fragrance and uncollected stories and journalistic essays by the first published Asian North American fiction writer.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author, the daughter of a Chinese mother and a British father, whose family eventually settled in Montreal, wrote these stories and articles in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and they have held up well, both as works of literature and as snapshots of their time. The first half of the book is a group of stories first published in 1912. Mrs. Spring Fragrance is a Chinese woman transplanted to Seattle who both pleases and perplexes her Chinese husband by becoming ``Americanized.'' Many of Far's characters are caught in the bewildering expanse between Chinese and white communities. In ``Its Wavering Image,'' a white reporter courts a woman who is the child of a white woman and a Chinese man, insisting, ``You are a white womanwhite. Did your kiss not promise me that?'' ``The Story of One White Woman Who Married a Chinese'' follows its protagonist through two marriages, first to an abusive white man who, though he talks about writing a book on social reform and suffrage, derides her as stupid, then to a Chinese man for whom she does embroidery. The latter part of the book contains a few uncollected short stories, but consists mostly of articles Far wrote about the Chinese community. One chronicles the fate of ``Half-Chinese Children,'' while another gives a straightforward account of the customs ``In Los Angeles' Chinatown.'' There is a dignified, formal quality to Far's writing that helps capture a moment. This collection is a fine tribute to one of the brave early mothers of multiculturalism. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252064197
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Asian American Experience
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Mrs. Spring Fragrance 17
The Inferior Woman 28
The Wisdom of the New 42
"Its Wavering Image" 61
The Story of One White Woman Who Married a Chinese 66
Her Chinese Husband 78
The Americanizing of Pau Tsu 83
In the Land of the Free 93
The Chinese Lily 101
The Smuggling of Tie Co 104
The God of Restoration 109
The Prize China Baby 114
Lin John 117
Tian Shan's Kindred Spirit 119
The Sing Song Woman 125
Children of Peace 128
The Banishment of Ming and Mai 137
The Story of a Little Chinese Seabird 143
What about the Cat? 147
The Dreams That Failed 149
The Heart's Desire 150
Misunderstood 152
A Chinese Boy-Girl 155
Pat and Pan 160
The Land of the Free 179
The Ching Song Episode 179
A Chinese Party 180
Girl Slave in Montreal 181
Spring Impressions 184
Half-Chinese Children 187
A Plea for the Chinaman 192
In Los Angeles' Chinatown 198
Betrothals in Chinatown 200
Chinatown Needs a School 202
Chinatown Boys and Girls 204
Leung Ki Chu and His Wife 206
Chinese in Business Here 208
Chinese Laundry Checking 210
Aluteh 211
Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian 218
Chinese Workmen in America 231
The Chinese in America (serialization) 233
The Sugar Cane Baby 258
An Autumn Fan 262
A Love Story from the Rice Fields of China 266
Who's Game? 270
Chan Hen Yen, Chinese Student 281
Sui Sin Far, the Half Chinese Writer, Tells of Her Career 288
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