By Onoto Watanna
Onoto Watanna (1875-1954) was once born Winnifred Eaton, the daughter of a British father and a chinese language mother. the 1st novelist of chinese language descent to be released within the usa, she “became” jap to flee americans’ scorn of the chinese language and to capitalize on their fascination with issues Japanese. The earliest essay right here, “A part Caste,” seemed in 1898, a 12 months earlier than Miss Numé: A Japanese-American Romance, the 1st of her best-selling novels. The final tale, “Elspeth,” seemed in 1923.
Of Watanna’s various shorter works, this quantity comprises nineteen--thirteen tales and 6 essays -- meant to teach the scope and flexibility of her writing. whereas a few of Watanna’s fictional characters will remind today’s readers of the fragile yet tragic Madame Butterfly, others foreshadow such kinds because the trickster in Maxine Hong Kingston’s Tripmaster Monkey (a novel within which Onoto Watanna makes a cameo appearance). Watanna’s characters are regularly able, smart, and inventive--molded within the author’s personal image.
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A Half Caste and Other Writings (Asian American Experience) by Onoto Watanna