Chinese American Quotes

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Leslie Bratspis
“The crack in your heart allows light in. ~ GOOD FORTUNE page 238”
Leslie Bratspis

Maxine Hong Kingston
“Perhaps women were once so dangerous they had to have their feet bound.”
Maxine Hong Kingston

John Steinbeck
“They said I looked like a foreign devil; they said I spoke like a foreign devil. I made mistakes in manners, and I didn't know delicacies that had grown up since my father left. They wouldn't have me. You can believe it or not - I'm less foreign here than I was in China.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Stacey  Lee
“Fly you crows. My father was not a spectacle. He was the greatest man I ever knew. He was my everything.”
Stacey Lee, Under a Painted Sky

John Steinbeck
“I'm wondering whether I can explain," said Lee. "Where there is no likeness of experience it's very difficult. I understand you were not born in America."
"No, in Ireland."
"And in a few years you can almost disappear; while I, who was born in Grass Valley, went to school and several years to the University of California, have no chance of mixing."
"If you cut your queue, dressed and talked like other people?"
"No. I tried it. To the so-called whites I was still a Chinese, but an untrustworthy one; and at the same time my Chinese friends steered clear of me. I had to give it up.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Phillip Andrew Bennett Low
“Okay. I’m not a white male. At least, not predominantly so. And as I mentioned before, I’m in an environment right now where race is really important. See, Chinese men are not that physically intimidating. We’re not that tall. We’re not that built. We have exactly one thing going for us in a fight — that our opponent recognizes that there’s a possibility, no matter how remote, that we might know kung-fu.”
Phillip Andrew Bennett Low, Indecision Now! A Libertarian Rage

Kim van Alkemade
“What makes you think I ever got married? Married women work themselves to death, all their money goes to husbands who gamble it away. Why would I ever do that to myself?”
Kim van Alkemade, Orphan Number Eight

Amy Tan
“I think Kwan intended to show me the world is not a place but the vastness of the soul. And the soul is nothing more than love, limitless, endless, all that moves us toward knowing what is true. I once thought love was supposed to be nothing but bliss. I now know it is also worry and grief, hope and trust. And believing in ghosts--that's believing that love never dies. If people we love die, then they are lost only to our ordinary senses. If we remember, we can find them anytime with our hundred secret senses.”
Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses

Zoë S. Roy
“Dare I ask Mao and his Communist Party?
I fear my throat will be cut into two pieces.
In the name of revolution, for thought crimes,
Such questions can turn me to ashes.”
Zoë S. Roy , Calls Across the Pacific

Amy Tan
“It’s my fault she is this way. I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese character. How could I know these two things do not mix?”
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

Xiaolu Guo
“Then he asked my age, and I asked his. That's the tradition in China. If we know each other's ages we can understand each other's past. We chinese have been collective for so long, personal histories are not worth mentioning. Therefore as soon as Xiaolin and I knew how old the other was, we knew exactly what big shit happened in our lives. The introduction of the One Child Policy shortly before our births, for instance, and the fact that, in 1985, two pandas were sent to the USA as a national gift and we had to sing a tearful panda song at school. 1989 was the Tiananment Square student demonstration.”
Xiaolu Guo, Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

Thorsten J. Pattberg
“Westerners who go native with Chinese ideas are called 'eggs' - outside white, inside yellow -, and are often systematically excluded from their expat community's activities, let alone the financial support system.”
Thorsten J. Pattberg

Peter Ho Davies
“The first Chinese star, they call her, and it's the qualifications that are crucial. First. Chinese. A star may play only him- or herself, but she is supposed to play a race. How can she be herself and represent millions, both at once? And who does she represent them to? To themselves or others? "Who does she thinks she is?" an outraged Nationalist critic has demanded. She wishes she could say.

Not a star, then. A star gives off its own light. Another celestial body, a moon, reflecting others' light.”
Peter Ho Davies, The Fortunes

Amy Tan
“For a long time now the woman had wanted to give her daughter the single swan feather and tell her, 'This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and carries with it all my good intentions.' And she waited, year after year, for the day she could tell her daughter this in perfect American English.”
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

“They think Chinese is synecdoche for Asians the way Kleenex is for tissues.”
Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Julia Flynn Siler
“Some people have a great fashion of calling things they do not like yellow. You exclude the yellow man. You fear the yellow peril. I edit a white paper turned out by yellow men, and many white men turn out yellow papers.”
Julia Flynn Siler, The White Devil's Daughters: The Fight Against Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown