Mrs. Spring Fragrance

Cover of Mrs. Spring Fragrance, by Sui Sin Far [Edith Maude Eaton]. Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1912. Image from Cornell University Library via HathiTrust.

Mrs. Spring Fragrance was the only collection of short stories published by the writer Sui Sin Far, who was born Edith Maude Eaton in 1865. A woman of Chinese-English descent, she grew increasingly sensitive to the prejudices Chinese immigrants faced in North America.  In her career as a journalist and fiction writer, Sui Sin Far was perhaps the first Anglophone writer to sympathetically portray the Chinese-American experience.  Mrs. Spring Fragrance—a collection of original Chinese-American stories and Chinese folk tales—represented her dedication to giving Chinese Americans a voice in literature.

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