Diana Chang

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Diana Chang
Born1924 (1924)
New York
DiedFebruary 19, 2009(2009-02-19) (aged 84–85)
NationalityChinese, Japanese, American
Genrenovel, poetry
Notable worksThe Frontiers of Love

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Diana Chang (1924 - February 19, 2009) was a Chinese American novelist and poet.[1] She is best known for her novel The Frontiers of Love, one of the earliest novels by an Asian American woman. She is considered to be the first Chinese American (born in the States) to publish a novel in the States.[2]


Early life[edit]

Chang was born in New York City to a Chinese father and Eurasian mother, but spent her youngest years in China, including Beijing, Nanking, and Shanghai.[2] She attended high school in New York, and graduated from Barnard College in 1949.[3] After graduation, she worked as a book editor.[4] She also worked as the editor for the PEN-sponsored journal American Pen and as a creative writing teacher at Barnard.[2]

Literary work[edit]

Chang's best known work is The Frontiers of Love. Her work has more recently been read in terms of postmodernity and hybridity.[2] Although critical work on Chang has increased since the republication of Frontiers, critics have preferred to examine her Asian-themed works; her "white" novels are only recently getting attention.[2]

Published works[edit]


  • The Frontiers of Love, (1956, reissued 1974)
  • A Woman of Thirty (1959)
  • A Passion for Life (1961)
  • The Only Game in Town (1963)
  • Eye to Eye (1974)
  • A Perfect Love (1978)


  • Saying Yes (Unknown)
  • The Horizon is Definitely Speaking (1982)
  • What Matisse is After (1984)
  • Earth Water Light (1991).


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diana Chang Papers". www.stonybrook.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e Roh-Spaulding, Carol. "Diana Chang (1934- )" pp. 38-43 IN: Nelson, Emmanuel S. (ed. and preface); Asian American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood; 2000.
  3. ^ "Mortarboard 1949 | Barnard Digital Collections". digitalcollections.barnard.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  4. ^ Hamalian, Leo. A MELUS Interiew: Diana Chang MELUS 20.4

Notes/Further reading[edit]

  • Baringer, Sandra. "'The Hybrids and the Cosmopolitans': Race, Gender, and Masochism in Diana Chang's The Frontiers of Love" pp. 107–21 IN: Brennan, Jonathan (ed. and introd.); Mixed Race Literature. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP; 2002.
  • Fink, Thomas; "Chang's 'Plunging into View'" Explicator, 1997 Spring; 55 (3): 175-77.
  • Grice, Helena. "Diana Chang" pp. 30–35 IN: Madsen, Deborah L. (ed. and introd.); Asian American Writers. Detroit, MI: Gale; 2005.
  • Grice, Helena. "Face-ing/De-Face-ing Racism: Physiognomy as Ethnic Marker in Early Eurasian/Amerasian Women's Texts" pp. 255–70 IN: Lee, Josephine (ed.); Lim, Imogene L. (ed.); Matsukawa, Yuko (ed.); Re/Collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History. Philadelphia, PA: Temple UP; 2002.
  • Hamalian, Leo; "A MELUS Interview: Diana Chang" MELUS, 1995 Winter; 20 (4): 29-43. available online
  • Ling, Amy; "Writer in the Hyphenated Condition: Diana Chang" MELUS, 1980 Winter; 7 (4): 69-83.
  • Roh-Spaulding, Carol. "Diana Chang (1934- )" pp. 38–43 IN: Nelson, Emmanuel S. (ed. and preface); Asian American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood; 2000.
  • Spaulding, Carol Vivian; Blue-Eyed Asians: Eurasianism in the Work of Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far, Winnifred Eaton/Onoto Watanna, and Diana Chang. Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences, 1997 Jan; 57 (7): 3024-25. U of Iowa, 1996.
  • Wu, Wei-hsiung Kitty; Cultural Ideology and Aesthetic Choices: A Study of Three Works by Chinese-American Women—Diana Chang, Bette Bao Lord, and Maxine H. Kingston.' Dissertation Abstracts International, 1990 June; 50 (12): 3956A.

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