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Mrs. Spring Fragrance and Other Writings (Asian American Experience) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0252064197 ISBN-10: 0252064194 Edition: First Softcover Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Asian American Experience
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; First Softcover Edition edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252064194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252064197
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 woman--white. 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.

Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"A fine tribute to one of the brave early mothers of multiculturalism." -- Publishers Weekly

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kai Bond on March 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I like Sui Sin Far a lot more than Maxine Hong Kingston or Amy Tan. I'm glad someone finally portrayed Asians correctly. You can always count on this important author.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Martinez on October 6, 2008
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I was super excited when I got the book I ordered. I ordered it on a Friday and received it on a Monday. !! Perfect timing too! I thought it was going to take a long time to get it, but surprisingly it didnt take long at all. I ordered another book like 2 weeks ago, and I still havent received it :(
Overall I was really happy with my product. It was in super great condition and it had notes in it too that I could go off by because they were pretty accurate!
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
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The stories portray Chinese Americans as real people during the turn of the century. At that time, most of the Chinese were seen as one-dimensional. The author gave them emotions and feelings, yet did not portray them in a positive light. I give her credit for being these characters into the mainstream, but I think she did a dis-service by making them sound sterotypical and backward. The stories themselves are entertaining, but not terribly memorable.
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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Gilliland on April 20, 2009
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This ITEM never came. I was dissatisfied with this. I had to give it one star anyway. I didn't want to though.
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