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Sucheng Chan

(1941 — )

Sucheng Chan was born in the Peoples' Republic of China and emigrated to the United States in 1957 at the age of sixteen. Following a B.A. at Swarthmore College, an M.A. from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, she held a number of prestigious academic positions, including Assistant Professor of history at Sonoma State University; professor of History and Provost of Oakes College at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and Professor of Global Studies and Chair of Asian Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is now a distinguished professor emeritus. Among her many influential books are The Bittersweet Soil (1986), Asian Americans: An Interpretive History (1990), Entry Denied: Exclusion and the Chinese Community in America (1991), Peoples of Color in the American West (1994), Not Just Victims: Conversations With Cambodian Community Leaders in the United States (2003), and In Defense of Asian American Studies (2005).  Her advice to students using The Prose Reader is to “read as much good writing as you can, and be sure to read different genres of writing.  That will help you pick up (often subconsciously) the sounds and rhythms of felicitous prose.  Of course, writing classes also help.”  Chan currently lives in Santa Barbara, where she continues to publish books and articles in the field of Asian Studies.


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