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Eth Week 2

by: Brianna Alleyne

Eth Week 2 Ethnic Studies 150

Brianna Alleyne
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These notes discuss Mrs. Spring Fragrance and Sui Sin Far.
People of Mixed Racial Descent
Greg Choy
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Brianna Alleyne on Thursday September 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Ethnic Studies 150 at University of California Berkeley taught by Greg Choy in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 19 views. For similar materials see People of Mixed Racial Descent in Ethnic Studies at University of California Berkeley.

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Date Created: 09/01/16
August 30, 2016 ● Sui Sin Far (Edith Maud Eaton): 1865­1914 ○ Mixed race author who stood and fought for Chinese rights during  the Chinese Exclusion acts ○ Traveled around the world only visiting Chinese locations and  identifying as Chinese ○ Spoke no chinese ○ Closed gap between the chinese and whites ○ Born in England, grew up in Montreal and was oldest of 12  children ○ Caught Malaria in Jamaica and died ○ Double conscious ○ Wrote in a sentimental style ○ Identified as Chinese even though she can pass as white and her  family didn’t agree ■ Her sister passed as Japanese and became more  famous and richer ● Readings ○ 60s was last time mixed race marriage was against the law ■ White women who married a chinese, would lose  her citizenship ● No discussion or analysis or education of the Chinese community besides Sui  Sin Far writing ● A Lot of labor disputes so when the railroads was finished being built, there were  people with guns to keep them out of the ceremony ● Influences of Sui Sin Far ○ Uncle Tom's Cabin ○ The Adventures of Huckleberry FInn ○ Little Women ○ The Awakening ■ About women’s independence ■ Sad story ○ Margaret Fuller ○ The Yellow Wallpaper ■ Women becomes independent ■ Happier story ○ Lydia Maria Child ■ Wrote over the River Into the Wood poem ○ The Liberty Bell ○ Our Nig ■ The first African American novel ○ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl ● Chinese ○ “Ruin” our economy ○ “Raised” juvi population ● Angel Island Immigration Detention Center ○ 1906 earthquake caused this ○ All the papers of people’s legacy and family history was destroyed ■ During this time period, the only way you can come  to US is if your family was already here so this paperwork was very  important ○ You can only leave this center due to only if there was no shadow  of doubt that you had a relative in SF and wasn’t just a paper son ○ First writings on the wall that discussed what happened in these  centers and how people’s american dream was destroyed ● Maxine Hong Kingston ○ author/producer of Woman Warrior September 1, 2016 ● Sui Sin Far ○ Mrs. Spring Fragrance was fuel to her fire ○ Never leaves mannered tone and with that, you can challenge  stereotypes discreetly and easily ○ Pg. 79 reappropriate term Chinamen and harmonizing it, giving it  some depth ○ Deexoitize mixed marriage by humanizing the Chinese husband  thru the lens of a white woman ○ The child in the 1st story ○ Makes us change our mind about Chinese Americans to which  leads us to change our thinking about race ○ All these are American experiences that she writes about ● Chinese Marriages ○ No one considers the feelings of the Chinese bride/girl ○ She is an object to be stared at in a dehumanizing manner ● Bildungsroman ○ Coming of age story ● Leaves from the Mental Portfolio ○ Romance and coming of age story ○ Insider's perspective ○ Sui Sin Far refuses to celebrate cultural diversity because what comes with it is racial difference which leads to stereotypes ● American romance ○ Came out in the mid 18th­19th century


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