The Chinaman Pacific and Frisco R.R. Co. runs the mainline of Chinese American history ad befuddled Chinese American experience through the “Chinatown-of-the-Mind” depot stop. A Chinatown where kids dream of growing up to be Charlie Chan’s Number One Son, Gunga Din and Suzie Wong; where old immigrants meet at a downtown movie theater every day and learn English watching cartoons; where “assimilation” is a storefront Chinatown Buddhist church going electronic and getting rich. Ride the flaming rails with the Chinaman artist, working on the railroad while struggling with white food, white music, white history and white stereotypes.
1989 American Book Award Winner
“Frank Chin sets his own pace in his writing, a pace so rapid and so certain of its direction that lesser authors are left far behind. The stories in Chinaman Pacific—eloquent, racy, at times humorous, at other times dispairing—confirm beyond questions the authenticity of his world.” —Kat Boyle
“A gifted writer and electric sensibility, Frank Chin is part Chinese Lenny Bruce, spritzing a comedy of bitter alienation, and part Number One Son, drawn to the traditional Chinese values—family, duty—which have been diluted by American culture.” —Jack Kroll, Newsweek