Skip to content The Asian-American Canon Breakers

Ching felt that Blumenthal cast the broader Chinese-American population as foreign.

He and his friends were sketching out the contours of a new identity that had emerged in the late sixties: Asian-American.

Chin and Ching weren’t the first people to debate the merits of Asian-American assimilation, though Chin might have been the first to put this debate in such colorful terms.

In 1948, he published “Chinatown Family,” one of the first novels about Chinatown written by someone of Chinese descent.

Chin, Chan, Inada, and Wong shopped an anthology to major publishing houses.

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