Author: Victoria Namkung

Karla Monterrosa

The Humanization of Chinese Immigrants in Sui Sin Far’s Mrs. Spring Fragrance

The earliest known publication by an author of mixed Chinese and European descent, Mrs. Spring Fragrance: A Collection of Chinese-American Short Stories, chronicles the joys, pains and mostly unknown experiences of early Chinese immigrants on the United States’ West Coast in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Sui Sin Far was actually the pen name for Chinese-British-Canadian-American journalist and writer Edith Eaton (her younger sister, Winnifred Eaton also wrote under a pseudonym, Onoto Watanna), who published the collection in 1912, at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment was raging in America.Read More