Donald Duk

Chin, Frank

Published by Coffee House Press, 1991
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Synopsis: "The 11-year-old hero of Mr. Chin's inventive, energetic first novel is educated in his Chinese heritage through a series of astonishing dreams about working on the Central Pacific Railroad in 1869."--New York Times Book Review "Doubt not the ability of the gifted, passionate, funny Mr. Chin."--New Yorker

Review: From Chinese-American playwright Frank Chin comes this wackily delightful first novel. The protagonist is twelve-year-old Donald Duk, who (understandably) hates his own name and doesn't like being Chinese too much either. "His own name is driving him crazy! Looking Chinese is driving him crazy!" Instead, he's taking tap dancing lessons so that he can be Fred Astaire. It is Chinese New Year in San Francisco's Chinatown, and along with the resistant Donald, the reader is swept up in the colorful swirl of activities in the days of feasting, gift-giving, opera performances, and visiting friends and families. Donald's father, King Duk, is a famous local chef. Energetic and warm-hearted, King Duk cooks up his specialties for 300 special guests for New Year's. Donald's mother is Daisy Duk, who seems to understand what's going on with her son without being too worried about it; and his twin sisters are Venus and Penelope. Also along for the holidays are Uncle Donald Duk, the Chinese opera star for whom little Donald is named, and Arnold Azalea, Donald's schoolmate, who is absorbing Chinese-ness with avid fascination. Meanwhile, Donald's nights are being enlivened by dreams of the building of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, a heroic feat that hundreds of nameless Chinese workers undertook. He is startled to realize he is dreaming history, but as his father tells him, "So, don't expect -me to get mad or be surprised the bokgwai never told our history in any of their books you happen to read in the library, looking for yourself. You gotta keep the history yourself or lose it forever, boy." Though Frank Chin's writing is somewhat choppy, the book reads breezily and is a welcome addition to the onrush of Asian American literature this year. -- From Independent Publisher

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Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: 1991
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