Konch Magazine - “Frank Chin’s Letter to Alan Kornblum” by Frank Chin

Allan  Kornblum
Coffee House Press

You accused me of unjustly attacking  Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang and Amy Tan for being White America favorite Yellow writers, and sending me packing.

They are the favorite writers among Whites. That proves their White racism. They love Kingston because Kingston
heaps contempt on all Chinese and all of Chinese culture by selling you her pitiful cutdown of Far Mulan.

The Chinese of San Francisco and Kingston were stripped of all knowledge of the books that held our identity, as the Bible holds the identity of Christians, and Torah holds the identity of the Jews, and Koran holds Islam identity.  Since our arrival in 1849 we were greeted with contempt, in the White religion.  The Whites refused to read what we offered. We knew Whites.  Whites had been China peddling Christianity and selling opium for sixty years before we took of greener pastures and the Gold Rush.  But the Whites did not want to know us.

In 1889 Missionary  Donaldina Cameron and the Age of American Imperialism came to San Francisco. She invented the stereotype of Chinese men are cruel to  their women and built Cameron House. The stereotype became a staple of SF Christianity and is the jewel of Chinatown.

You are not my friend. A friend would have read THE BALLAD OF MULAN. A friend would have given Chinese poetry a glance and seen that before MULAN the only patriotic beauties were concubines skilled in pleasing targeted men and four of them are celebrated as THE FOUR BEAUTIES. Mulan was the first girl to decide for herself how to save her family.  She decided when and who she fucked and her saved family accepted.  A friend would have been impressed that her name was invoked by Liang Hongyu, the girl who drummed signals to Han Zhisong, her husband and troops on the field below.  Her belly was slashed and her guts spilled out in battle. She stuffed her intestines back into her body, wrapped a scarf around to hold them, remounted her horse, said, "Today I die for my country," and rode into a barrage of arrows. She is buried with her husband.  Mu Guiying, was a bandit queen who captured a general of Yang family, fell in love with him, married him and  was appointed commander of the seven Yang family armies by the Yang matriarch.  Both Liang and Mu were allies of General Yue Fei- the tattooed general, and Kingston's  source for the tattoos Mulan's parents inflict on the child when born!

My friend would notice that all the Yellows whites like to read trash Chinese and exalt Whites. That's what Whites like to read. And thanks to White publishers like Coffee House contempt for the Chinese Heroic Tradition is all they get.

Some friend.   Cameron House and their lovable Ornaments and all the Yellows honeys doing White news only are more numerous than ever.  My friends are not my friends. Too cowardly to read. They go like torn pages in the wind.

Our relationship is business.  Just business.  Old business.

I go now looking for a non-existent Yellow America  publishing house. China and Singapore are authoritarian states. Readers there
have to take me under the covers.  At least in America they can read my lesser works  in a plain brown wrapper.

 Now Pres Bill Clinton's  1998 award of his Humanities Medal to Kingston for "revealing the truth of Chinatown" hangs like a Damocles
sword over Hillary Clinton campaign.  Maybe you can warn them, and maybe they can smooth over Pres Bill's white racist act of contempt for the  Chinese.

Frank Chin