Chinese American Writers of the Real and the Fake: Authenticity and the Twin Traditions of Life Writing

@article{Madsen2006ChineseAW,
  title={Chinese American Writers of the Real and the Fake: Authenticity and the Twin Traditions of Life Writing},
  author={Deborah Lea Madsen},
  journal={Canadian Review of American Studies},
  year={2006},
  volume={36},
  pages={257 - 271}
}
Abstract: The Chinese Exclusion Acts of the late nineteenth century placed severe limitations on the development of Chinese ethnic communities in the United States. The polarization of categories of Chinese Americans gave rise to two distinct traditions of Chinese writing in and about America: a ‘‘high,’’ cultural tradition and a ‘‘low,’’ working-class tradition. The infamous conflict between Frank Chin and Maxine Hong Kingston, whom he accused of being ‘‘un-Chinese’’ and a ‘‘fake,’’ can be… CONTINUE READING