Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Featuring Asian American Authors: Frank Chin

Frank Chin was born in 1940 to a Chinese immigrant father and a fourth-generation Chinese American mother. He attended University of California at Berkeley and in 1959 he left Berkeley for a fellowship at the Iowa Writer's Workshop.  He ended up graduating with an English degree from University of California at Santa Barbara.  He also worked as a brakeman on the railroad.  He emerged in the literary scene in 1970 when he was published in the anthology 19 Necromancers from Now (1970).   The criticism he received for his controversial work pushed him to respond with his own substantial body of literary history and criticism.

Chin has written plays, novels, short stories and criticism. He has also been the editor of Asian American literature collections. Here is a selection of titles held at the Grinnell College Libraries:

Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers / edited by Frank Chin ... [et al.]
Burling 3rd Floor  PS508.A8 A4 1991

Born in the USA: A Story of Japanese America, 1889-1947 / edited by Frank Chin
Burling 2nd Floor E184.J3 S84 2002 

Bulletproof Buddhists and Other Essays
Burling 2nd Floor E184.C5 C473 1998

Donald Duk: A Novel
Burling 3rd Floor PS3553.H4897 D66x 1991

Gunga Din Highway: a Novel
Burling 3rd Floor  PS3553.H4897 G86 1994

 Submitted by Kelly Musselman '11

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