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Guide to the Frank Chin Papers Wyles Mss 103
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The Frank Chin Papers contain personal and professional materials of Chins' from 1940-2001. The collection is divided into four series spanning 112 archival boxes. The bulk of the collection consists of Chin’s manuscripts, including essays, articles, novels, scripts (film and theater) and notes. Also included are several correspondence files relating to Chin’s personal life and professional projects as well as extensive correspondence with other notable contemporary writers (including but not limited to Maxine Hong Kingston, James “Jimmie” Omura, Michi Weglyn, Mei Berssenbrugge). The second largest component of the collection are the subject files, which includes numerous folders relating to specific individuals, historical events and subjects. Altogether, the collection provides critical insight into Chin’s creative, personal and professional life as a contemporary Chinaman author and playwright. (It is important to note that Frank Chin refers to himself as a Chinaman, not a Chinese American, though he was born in America of Chinese decent.)
Frank Chin is a UCSB graduate (1965) and is widely recognized as the most influential Asian American dramatist and writer (novels, short stories, essays) in the country. He is one of a handful of top literary figures in Asian American literary and cultural communities, and he is distinguished as being the first Asian American playwright produced in New York City. He founded the Asian American Theater Workshop in San Francisco which later evolved into the Asian American Theater Company (AATC). In discussing the value of the papers, Chin remarked, "I hope that my collection of research, letters and experimental manuscripts will stimulate a more traditional study of Asian American literature, beginning with an introduction to the Asian children's stories shared by China, Korea, and Japan since pre-historic times, and the "vernacular novels" developed to spread Chinese heroic tradition of the Ming, as a conscious expression of the myth of civilization throughout Asia.” “By making my papers available to the public, I hope that my efforts to treat knowledge of Asia and America as equally important will be seen and used.”
68.0 linear feet 121 document boxes; including 1 oversize container
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.