Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | January 8, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—January 9, 2009: Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of a Eurasian

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Sui Sin Far (1865 – 1914) is the pen name of Edith Maud Eaton.  Her pen name is the Chinese word for ‘Narcissus’, a group of flowers that includes daffodils.  Eaton was a Chinese American journalist and author (born in England) who worked for many newspapers across North America and also in Jamaica.  She suffered many health problems, including malaria and rheumatism.  Edith Eaton died in Montreal on April 7, 1914.  

 

This week’s text is Far’s essay “Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian” (1909).  It is a series of personal anecdotes (stretching back to 1869) that describe what life was like for a bi-racial woman in late nineteenth-century North America.

 

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event and feel free to comment!  You can find the text at this website: 

 

http://essays.quotidiana.org/far/leaves_mental_portfolio/


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