Frank Chin

Author, playwright, and musician, Chin is considered a pioneer in Asian-American theater.

Articles by Frank Chin

Bulletproof Buddhists: The Violence Didn't Get Started Until 1989

Cambodians, Lao, Viet gangs terrorize Crawford, Horace Mann, Gompers, Lincoln, Kearny High School, Linda Vista.

“They like to carry the 9mm handgun,” Officer Roy moody says. He's talking about Lao and Cambodian gang kids. “And, of course, they do like the semi automatic rifles like AK-47s, even though we haven't ...

Do Not Sell Your Children to Monsters

Chinese writer does the coast and takes on icons

I don’t expect to be ambushed by the fans of Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, and Amy Tan in Portland. They show up to vent their moral outrage and save my soul.

White Boys & Gypsy Souls

San Diego's hot-blooded flamenco subculture

I saw nothing unusual about a Chinaman kid dabbling in flamenco guitar. I liked it. Then Jackson Burgess, a writer from the South, sat down next to me as I practiced one afternoon. Teacher to ...

An Ugly Toad's Promise

Chinese hiding under a rock in Baja

I’m one of the Chinese Americans who cringe at the word “Chinaman” and understand spoken Chinese but can’t and won’t speak it and hear Chinamen telling everyone what kind of stupid American-born fool I am.

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