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Non-racist Chinatown fiction of the 1890s  

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Four periodical appearances of Chinatown fiction by Mary Austin and ‘Sui Sin Far’[Edith Eaton]

Austin, Mary and Edith Eaton

Various places

Various publishers




  • Mary Austin, “The Conversion of Ah Lew Sing." Overland Monthly, October 1897, pp. 307-312. Illustrated by Montague Hall. Original wrappers. 
  • Sui Sin Fah, “Lin John (A New Year’s Story)." The Land of Sunshine,, January 1899. pp.76-77.
  • Sui Sin Fah, “Tin-A, A Chinese Story."  The Land of Sunshine, New Year 1900. pp. 101-102.
  • Edith Eaton [Sui Sin Far], “Coat Of Many Colors.”  The Youth’s Companion, April 24, 1902. pp. 208-209. One illustration. 

Of the dozens of fmostly racist, Chinese-American themed short stories which appeared in Overland Monthly and other California magazines in the decades after Bret Harte’s “Heathen Chinee”, the work of these two authors is notable – Mary Austin because, this, her third appearance in print (and her only Chinese theme dabble) presaged her classic writing on the American Southwest; and Edith Eaton as the first Asian-American writer of Chinatown fiction, pseudonymously writing 15 stories in this genre between 1896 and 1912. First appearance of Eaton’s writing under her own name in a national (non-Western) magazine.

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