Thursday, May 09, 2019

Re-read Three Kingdoms

From: Justin KH Tse 謝堅恆
Date: January 26, 2017
To: Frank Chin

Hello Frank:

I hope this finds you well. I have been getting your emails and enjoying them.

I just wanted to let you know that as the fiasco in the White House unfolds, thanks to our conversations and my reading of your work, this has all sent me back to re-read the Three Kingdoms. The eunuchs are running the palace.


Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies Program
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Northwestern University

From: Frank Chin
Date: January 26, 2017
To: Justin KH Tse 謝堅恆


What? A Chinese (Chinaman? Chinese-American? American-Chinese? Jook cock? Jook sing?) has actually read 3 Kingdoms? Is it a sign?

Chinese value their childhood? No, that's too much! The child lives with its mind working without words. Too much! It's the excitement of the new year. What does 3 KINGDOMS mean, if anything? WATER MARGIN, gives the reader a good bureaucrat, Soong Gong. But he's a sucker for the approval of an authority higher than his. He doesn't seem to know that there is none.

MONKEY gives the reader a silly irresponsible fuck around time that might or might not free up clogged logic from the forces of society. Satire. In Japanese lit - MONKEY becomes UKIYO-E, (FLOATING WORLD) SHUNGA (pornography) Buddha is an power hungry fraud. The Buddhists who discover that discovers the written texts of what Buddha said at one time, are written in the being, (The art of Liang Kai).

The fourth book - the Heroic Tradition - GENERAL YUE FEI, trans. by SIR T.L.Yang, with an intro that tells the reader, once upon a time, British Sir T.L. Yang has personal childhood connections to YUE FEI. He spit on the statues outside of Yue Fei's tomb in Hangzhou. The English wasn't translated until 1957. The Brits were afraid of the book. GENERAL YUE FEI put Chinese flavored fact and fiction together , and tries to happy end family, and alliances of families, and "civilization", the family will always be in war. Yue Fei.

GENERAL YUE FEI - Yue Fei is a Kwan Kung cleaned up and perfected. As a youngster he kills the emperor's son! Kwan Kung killed, just people. Nobodies. Yue Fei kills somebody everybody remembers. He stays clean and perfect as his people and the emperor's people go to pot. He and his family live perfectly well on land left to condemned. People come from their miserable lands for advice. Descendants of the Trio of 3 Kingdoms, children of 108 outlaws of Liangshan Marsh. The children of the champions of the Han way of life. The crooked emperor sends his crooked Prime Minister or Chamberlain to beg Yue Fei to save the empire from the north.

Yue Fei's mother making tea and puttering round the farm hears every plea, and applauds her son's wisdom. My boy's perfect! When the emperor claims Yue Fei for the Nation, she injects her claim to her son as her country, her Guo or Gawk. Which rhymes with Kawk, as in Kawk nay guh tau! (Knuckle rap your head). No mother in 3 Kingdoms, Water Margin, or Monkey does such a thing.

"Yue Fei" introduces women that are free thinking from birth, choose to fight for their claim to land by the Yellow River, along with perfect Yue Fei, and take over after that chickenhearted youngster protecting his art collection and losing his land kills the perfect Yue Fei.

Tia Ling Yang is (if he's still alive) at Hong Kong University, and used to be Chief Justice on the Colonial Hong Kong Supreme Court. He's Yang the same Yang as the Seven Women Generals of the Yang Family - Widows of Yang who take their husband's place. The Yang family is ruled military style by the Matriarch. The widow of the Patriarch. The patriarch was struck with a heart attack while fighting Mu Guiying. He would not tolerate his son having any love with a mountain bandit queen. "He fought me for his life. I won him." "What! What!...." and that is that. The matriarch makes Mu Guiying Supreme Commander of all the Yang armies.

Does Tia Ling Yang begins his translation of GENERAL YUE FEI in 1957 into English and his history, from childhood to British law, rejection of British rule and a run for democracy under Communist eyes, semi-retirement to Hong Kong University, or finish this book and publish, then retirement to a scholars retreat further up the mountain. Damn! Sounds like a Taoist painting of a path up a mountain to perfect solitude - that's solitude, with servants. Yes, even beggars with nothing of worth have servants. Does Yang being a Yang make sense? All these acts are written acts. Today in Hong Kong does the Yang family still ring a bell in Chinese ears? Have all the good booksellers gone to where good books go?

THE FOUR BEAUTIES (concubines) stories of patriotic Jane Fonda-like beauties fucking a bastard for the cause.

THE BALLAD OF MULAN (550 ad) - A freethinker, free fighter, saves land for her family, the emperor spills she's a woman now, and those who fought at her side come a running. Whew! What a girl! leads to THE THREE HERO WOMEN - Liang Hongyu, Mu Guiying (Southern Song) Chin Liangyuk (Ming) leads to the 20th century's THREE CHINESE WIVES - Song Ai Ling (Money) Soong Ching Ling (China) Soong Mei-ling (Power). Exemplars of their kind.

If you're Chinese, Korean or Japanese sometime ago, you knew all this to make sure you pop up at the right place at the right time and come to the time you improved the writing of your language, to sharpen the difference between your people and the world.

Beware of the load of Cockanoodle news the Fire Rooster spit out in loads, of glory me!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Happy Birthday, Frank!

Just a heads up.  

It's Mr. Chin's birthday!

(photo by Naomi Hirahara)

(Frank and Eddie)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Gary Locke and Far Mulan

NEW YORK, 10010

What does it take to rouse a group of Chinese Americans to restore relevance and honor to Chinese, and all Yellows, by tickling Gary Locke, former Gov of Washington State, and US Ambassador to China, and asking him, if Mulan, of the Ballad of Mulan is tattooed?

(Gary Locke)

The question of Chinese-Americans are afraid to ask, because they don't have the moral certainty of the answer. Think on it Chinaman. An American public school teacher, who doesn't have the moral certainty of an answer that won't get the teacher fired, for asking the visiting American general, the name of the first President of the United States. Afraid to ask an officer whose biz is to know what to teach, teaches, the name of George Washington.

(George Takei and David Henry Huang)

David Henry Hwang and George Takei, the two yellow artists most loved by whites who own, write, and read white newspapers are celebrated by the University of Columbia, Harvard and Yale. David Henry Hwang (the morals of Hollywood), and George Take celebrated liar of the JACL, attributing "I surrender" as the moral stance of a leader of draft resistance from Heart Mountain Concentration Camp. In 1944, former President advisor Eric Liu, boldly refuses to defend yellow manhood from Maxine Hong Kingston's admitted lies about Mulan, and Ngawk Fei (Yue Fei). Till, then, all Yellows are condemned to hate ourselves for the white love of Christ, the 19th century San Francisco area of the 1890s, missionary Donaldina Cameron, starting a Frisco House, to sneer at Yellowmen as whimpering wifebeaters - ick! And there we are, demoralized. Through the actions and newspaper publicity of Cameron House and the Chinese Christians they spawn in print with missionary Charles Shepherd’s novel making a hero of Donadlidina Cameron, for beating cowardly Chinese beaters of women, continue to try. There goes Chinatowns AVENGING ANGEL TO THE RESCUE of women with an axe and a squad of police! So begins the 20th century, and the generation of 1940 - the year of metal dragon - oh, the generations of Chinese and Japanese born here since. AND today teach their bellies fat by teaching nothing - nothing at all - nother but - IT’S ME! ME! ME! WHITE MAN! - ME! NOT THEM- WHO ARE "THEM"?








Movies are art at the beginning of art. Movies are seen and seen again with company, by local people, in a local house. Not only is Hollywood morally white in the 1940s, it is patriotically white.

Run to the Moulin Rouge porno movie house on 7th built as a model of the Red Mill, on the Paris Left Bank, with paddles that light up and turn on an axle - two storefronts along 7th used to be the negro newspaper, the Oakland Independent. In the 50s, a burlesque by night and old movies by day. The Moulin Rouge is a between Housewives Market on Jefferson and Chinatown. So we stop to talk to the movies.

Art is a muddy as the people that congregate into a working neighborhood - a local village, or town. Hollywood "politics" twixt the nation and locals, and the national will is enforced by the nation's guns, and force the nation's right to gobble up a local's cops for national need for feed.

Spencer Tracy talks to my mother out of the movie 30 seconds over Tokyo. We sit with bags of groceries in our laps. Instead of Spencer Tracey flickering into focus out of the cold of the space of the theater. I see the face George Takei in the Year of the Dragon.

(Barack Obama and Bill Clinton)

What can Pres Clinton and Pres Obama say to correct their expression of White racist contempt for Chinese heroine for Mulan’s misogynist Chinese civ taken from Maxine Hong Kingston’s fake non-fiction autobiography to avoid being classed as fiction? Choose one, or all, or none. Suggestions flood to mind.

(A) Ooops! You mean her beautiful writing isn’t real? I took non-fiction seriously (B) In Indonesia, and islands to the south, we have a way of handling the Yellow Chinese…With stinking race laws, and the smell of gunsmoke. (C) The Chinese really stink! (D) The Chinese in the 19th century a people without the unifying protection of a moral Christian gov – a people without a culture or a civ the people of the land cultivate and keep alive. (E) China is taken over by immoral Christian competitor European empires in their last days. The Hapsbergs, Czar Nick, The Victorian et al gives rise to the last heroic novels of the Southern Song, printed , after the Mongols and Kulbai Khan’s Mongol Yuan Dynasty is gone and Ming! Chinese are back in the saddle again! Ming (General Yue Fei, Yang Family Generals, (Mu Guiying) Liang Hongyu, the Little Drummer Girl).

The former Pres might say, "I did not mean to take the writing of Maxine Hong Kingston as autobiographical truth. But I did. I’m sorry, I did not know The Woman Warrior is actually fiction, a novel, not an autobiography. I am personally happy to say that the factual truth is that Mulan, of The Ballad of Mulan, is not tattooed."

And then, AND THEEEEENNNN! PRES CLINTON AND PRES OBAMA CALL AMBASSADOR GARY LOCKE OF SEATTLE, AND ASK HIM TO LEAD A RECITATION OR READING OF THE BALLAD OF MULAN FROM A CHILDREN'S BOOK– and children’s stories of their own, before kids from the Nihonmachi, Chinatown neighborhood, at Seattle’s Panama Hotel Coffee & Tea House – the American Nikkei who left their belongings labeled and kept at the Panama, your belongings await your return.

You 100 ornaments pretending to be Chinese civ, get off your egoes, and show yourselves Chinamen and Yellows. The Year of the Chicken has passed! Call your Congressman.

Frank Chin

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Keep your Christianity sheathed

Upon receiving the news that Aiiieeeee! will be reissued, Professor Justin Tse wrote the following email to Frank Chin:

November 30, 2018

Dear Frank,

Thank you so much for this email. As you know, I am one of the young professors who is not as old as the book but assigns it in far too many of the Asian American studies courses I teach here at Northwestern. In the Chinese American studies course I recently finished teaching, I assigned parts of it, as well as The Big Aiiieeeeee, for the students to adjudicate the fight you had with Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan. We worked down from what seemed to be contention about feminism and misogyny and down to the problem of Christianity in relation to the martial tradition. Next quarter, I will reprise my courses on Asian American religions, as well as Asian American social movements, and of course Aiiieeeee is an important text to consider in both.

In other words, I have taught it so many times that I have been unofficially known as the ‘Frank Chin’ guy. I don’t know how I feel about that because you always ask us to be critical, even of you, because what you wish for is criticism, not a kind of weasely sucking up to you. What’s more, as you know, I’m still a Christian.

I’m looking forward to all of this, and if there’s a chance I can come by and see you when it is republished, I’ll look forward to it.


Justin K.H. Tse 謝堅恆, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies Program
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Northwestern University

Frank to Justin:


My beef with Mad Maxine Hong Kingston is she fakes her Chinese facts - Far Mulan of the BALLAD OF MULAN is not tattooed. Yue Fei, a man, born centuries and a dynasty after Mulan's publication, is known for his mother tattooing his back, to defy The Sun of Heaven's claim to exclusive rights to this life. His life is the Country's not the Commandant - take a walk along the the long corridor at the Ming Summer Palace outside of Peking - there's a panel of Mother Yue tattooing Yue Fei's back, and Yue's wife holding a candle to light mom's work.

Mad Max Hong Kingston's pitiful Chinese victim of woman-hating culture is not one of the Four Beauties, four concubines famous for Chinese kings using to seduce and dethrone enemy kings.

If anyone is a misogynist it's Max and her crybaby supporters, all White and all Christians. Max obviously hates women generals who modeled themselves on Mulan, Liang Hongyu, Mu Guiying, and Chen Liangyu

Prove your gripe is Chinese, you Christian you!

Keep your Christianity sheathed.

You draw your soul.

I draw out mine. Kingdoms rise and fall/ Nations cone go/ Its a good day to die. Let the good times roll /

You keep it sheathed.

I keep it sheathed.

In a word: Read!

If a new AA lit mag is the goal of the reprinting- start with Asian morals and ethics as Asian Americans read what is written. - Yellow Pre-history thru Yellow children's stories - For the AA Mag, get Gary Locke's official American word on the subject of Maxine Hong Kingston and the tattoos of Far Mulan and American-Chinese literature.

No fudging allowed


Justin to Frank:

December 1, 2018

Dear Frank,

Like Sun Wukong, my provocations have achieved their desired effects. I cannot leave your five-finger mountain, try as I might to fly to the ends of the earth on my big stick. I must reply before you trap me for five hundred years.

I always recount the conclusion of our meeting at the Panama to my classes. Those exposed to your work in my courses, especially in ‘Come All Ye Asian American Writers of the Real and the Fake,’ are often scared off by it, thinking you to be someone who requires them to toe the party line. I sometimes tell them that Frank knows that I am a Christian. They wonder how it is possible that we can even manage to have a conversation. It is then that I tell them what we discussed. What you desire is not agreement or compliance; in fact, it goes against all of those stories of righteousness that you tell – Ngawk Fei, the 108 outlaws on Leungshan, the sworn brothers Low Bay, Guan Yu, and Cheung Fei. What you want is a fight over the text. Criticism, you complain in the 1991 Aiiieeeee preface, is sorely lacking for much of Asian American literature. We are afraid to fight. Your words are thus like fire in my ears: sheathe the identity, draw your soul, read the text.

In this, I reflect on the question of party lines in Asian America. To speak in terms of ideology and partisanship seems to me to be the work of the jook sing, those who do not know and therefore must make stuff up. The mistake is to position your work, and the work in Aiiieeeee!, as an ideological faction in Asian America. Ideology, it seems to me, is the fantasy of the missionary. The martial forest, however, is not an ideological geography. It is the practice of righteousness and revenge.

Recently, Jin Yong died. He was a novelist based in Hong Kong much beloved by Chinese people around the world. He wrote stories of martial heroism, and his trilogy on the Condor Heroes is an extended meditation on Ngawk Fei, his ethic of righteousness, and his contempt for corruption. I grew up with these stories, along with the tales that my grandfather told me from the Three Kingdoms and Journey to the West. I had thought about your statement in ‘Come All Ye’ about these stories circulating throughout Chinatown, and I just wanted to say that even for a suburban Christian kid like me, television, Chinese school, and grandparents mean that I too have no excuse. In my childhood, I understood Christianity to teach the same things as the Ngawk Fei kind of righteousness that you mention. It was not until junior high that I encountered a much more colonizing form of white evangelicalism that introduced me to the idea that I should pick between the two. In many ways, reading your work and having spoken with you rescued me from being a jook sing. You helped me to remember my childhood, and I must admit that I have spent more time than I care to admit recently re-watching the stories that I saw on television now on YouTube. My Cantonese is not as bad as I thought, and the more I watched, the deeper into the world I got. In fact, I found myself speaking more in Cantonese as a result recently.

My one regret in our correspondence is that I am so bad at writing back when you reply so quickly. It is so ‘mm ho yee see,’ which does not simply mean ‘sorry,’ but really refers to a ‘bad meaning/insight.’ Seeing the speed of your reply, I will try not to be so ‘mo yee hay,’ lacking in righteousness, in the future.


Respectfully submitted,

Monday, December 03, 2018

Dear Readers,

I received an email from Curtis Choy - he will be retiring his website by the end of the year. Please visit the site:

Frank Chin's blogsite here would not have been up had Curtis not suggested it and built v.1 for him. Please checkout Curtis' website and purchase his movies before they go away. Curtis made the feature-length documentary on Frank called What's Wrong With Frank Chin? and Dupont Guy: The Schiz of Grant Avenue, based on Frank's teachings. Furthermore, one of the top blog articles that gets the most hits in this blogsite is the interview with him here. When you read it, you'll see why it remains so popular.

(Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

Curtis has dedicated his work in advancing the Asian American voice. He has recorded and been in momentous events that helped shape Asian America as we know it. I find myself lucky enough to know him and still be in contact with him. Please thank him and continue to view and support his works.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

TCG's Short Video on Frank Chin

The Theatre Communications Group interviewed Frank Chin for their "Legacy Leaders of Color" tribute videos.  It's quite entertaining and informative. Enjoy:

FRANK CHIN, Asian American Theatre Co. from Theatre Communications Group on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Viet Nguyen on Frank Chin

(photo of Viet Nguyen comes from NBC News)

In his critique of Wesley Yang's The Souls of Yellow Folk, Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Nguyen mentioned Frank Chin...
This Asian-American legacy in politics and art is invisible to Yang, who does not even mention Frank Chin, the writer who most forcefully dealt with the agonies of Asian-American manhood. Chin, who connected racial emasculation to the treatment of Asian-Americans as objects of “racist love” (as opposed to the “racist hate” directed against African-Americans), argued that Asian-American writing had to be a form of fighting. Yang flails rather than fights, which suggests that there is something inadequate about the Asian-American legacy for him. He may not be alone. His neglect of historical forebears and his almost exclusive focus on the personal is indicative of a generational shift in Asian-American thinking; revolution is not very fashionable today.

(HT: Calvin McMillin)