Mrs. Spring Fragrance

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Mrs. Spring Fragrance
Author Sui Sin Far
Country United States
Language English
Genre Short story, Asian-American literature
Publisher A. C. McClurg
Publication date
1912
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 347 pp (first edition)
ISBN NA

Mrs. Spring Fragrance was a popular short story collection by Sui Sin Far, pen name of Chinese-British-Canadian-American writer Edith Maude Eaton. The work is notable for being "the earliest book of fiction published in the United States by an author of mixed Chinese and white descent."[1] Although the stories in the collection were written in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they were not compiled into a single book until 1912. The original publisher was A. C. McClurg and Company of Chicago. A new scholarly edition of the book, based on the McClurg edition, was released October, 2011 by Broadview Press.

The stories are divided into two-halves, "Mrs. Spring Fragrance" for adults, and "Tales of Chinese Children" for children. Set in Seattle and San Francisco, they reflect the struggles and joys in the daily lives of Chinese families in North America. Particularly poignant are the stories delineating the cultural conflicts of Eurasians and recent immigrants. In the ironically titled "In the Land of the Free", Eaton shows the suffering inflicted by discriminatory immigration laws.

Contents[edit]

  • Mrs. Spring Fragrance
  • The Inferior Woman - The author of The Inferior Woman is Su Sin Far or (Edith Eaton) 1865-1914. This story is about a culturally complex dynamic from the era in time where women were considered inferior. The character Mrs. Spring Fragrance has a son. She wants her son to marry someone of higher social standing, or a modern woman with more education. However, in the end she lets her son marry the "inferior woman" because she makes the son happy. However, she keeps her class prejudice and aspires to raise her son's hypothetical daughter to be a "superior woman" -- as if to forgive the imperfections of the "inferior woman" if she can provide offspring.
  • The Wisdom of the New
  • "Its Wavering Image"
  • The Story of One White Woman Who Married A Chinese
  • Her Chinese Husband
  • The Americanizing of Pau Tsu
  • In The Land of the Free
  • The Chinese Lily
  • The Smuggling of Tie Co
  • The God of Restoration
  • The Prize China Baby
  • Lin John
  • Tian Shan's Kindred Spirit
  • The Sing Song Woman

From Tales of Chinese Children:

  • Children of Peace
  • The Banishment of Ming and Mai
  • The Story of a Little Chinese Seabird
  • What About the Cat?
  • The Dreams that Failed
  • The Heart's Desire
  • Misunderstood
  • A Chinese Boy-Girl1
  • Pat and Pan

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Eaton, Edith Maude (2011). Hsuan L. Hsu, ed. Mrs. Spring Fragrance. Peterborough: Broadview Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-55481-027-7. 
  2. ^ Eaton, Edith Maude (2011). Hsuan L. Hsu, ed. Mrs. Spring Fragrance. Peterborough: Broadview Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-55481-027-7.