Jeffery Paul Chan

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Jeffery Paul Chan
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BornJeffery Paul Chan
Stockton, California[1]
  • Author
  • scholar
  • professor
  • critic
Alma materSan Francisco State University
Literary movementAsian American
Notable worksAiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers

Jeffery Paul Chan (born 1942) is an American author and scholar. He was a professor of Asian American studies and English at San Francisco State University for 38 years until his retirement in 2005.


Chan was a co-founder of the Asian American studies department at San Francisco State University, and has twice served as first chair of the department.[2] With fellow authors Frank Chin, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Shawn Wong, Chan edited two editions of the groundbreaking anthology of Asian American literature, Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers, which helped introduce Asian American authors as worthy of serious study. This quartet had formed the Combined Asian Resources Project (CARP) to accomplish this task, which helped reintroduce and posthumously republish older works by Asian American authors, such as John Okada's No-No Boy and Louis Chu's Eat a Bowl of Tea, for which Chan penned a forward. Chan also coined the term racist love (with Chin) to express the ways Asians are stereotyped in overly-positive ways that are just as damaging as the negative stereotypes used against blacks, Latinos and Native Americans. His brother is Michael Paul Chan, an actor, and a founding member of the Asian American Theater Company, where Frank Chin was a leading figure, and where Jeffery Paul served on the Board of Directors for the company. Chan also wrote a comedic play, "Bunnyhop", which was produced by East West Players during their 1977-1978 season.[3]


  • Auntie Tsia Lays Dying (1972), printed in Asian American Authors (Kai-yu Hsu and Helen Palubinskas, editors)
  • A Night on Lead Mountain: Short Stories (1974), submitted for his master's degree
  • Jackrabbit (1974), printed in Yardbird Reader Volume 3 (Frank Chin and Shawn Wong, editors)
  • Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers (1974) (Co-editor, contributor)
  • Introduction to Eat a Bowl of Tea (1979), Chan's introduction was written for the University of Washington Press reprinting
  • Cheap Labor (1982), a short story published by Bamboo Ridge press
  • The Big AIIEEEEE!: An Anthologyof Chinese American and Japanese American Literature (1991) (Co-editor, contributor)
  • The Chinese in Haifa (1993), printed in the anthology Charlie Chan is dead, (Jessica Hagedorn, editor)
  • Eat Everything Before You Die: A Chinaman In The Counterculture (novel; 2004) Seattle: University of Washington Press
  • "I'm a Chinaman": An Interview with Frank Chin (1970) (interview originally published in the out of print weekly newspaper East/West, re-printed in Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present; 2006) University of California Press


  1. ^ Werlock, Abby (2000). The Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story. Checkmark Books. p. 127. ISBN 978-0816044375.
  2. ^ Deutcha Wenger (September 25, 2005). "Co-Founder of Asian American Studies Department to Retire". The Golden Gate [X]press Online.
  3. ^

See also: "Jeffery Paul Chan" By Deborah Owen Moore. IN: Asian American Writers. Ed. Deborah L. Madsen. Detroit, MI: Gale; 2005. pp. 24–29

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