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Gong, Ted. “Approaching Cultural Change Through Literature: From Chinese to Chinese American.” Amerasia Journal 7 (Spring, 1980): 73-86. Gong delineates the processes of acculturation common to all Chinese immigrants. A reading of Gong’s study validates the credibility of Rainsford Chan’s experiences.
Hom, Marlon K. “A Case of Mutual Exclusion: Portrayals by Immigrant and American-Born Chinese of Each Other in Literature.” Amerasia Journal 10 (Fall/Winter, 1984): 29-45. Hom’s article, while discussing works written both in English and in Chinese, elucidates various problems between Chinese and American cultures. Helpful in understanding Rainsford Chan’s entrapment in middle territory between the two cultures.
Kazin, Alfred. A Writer’s America: Landscape in Literature. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Two chapters of this book discuss the landscape of the American West, which is central to Rainsford Chan’s discovery of self and identity. These include chapter 3, which has information about the lands where Chan’s forefathers worked on the American railroad, and chapter 6, which explains the role of California in the American identity, something learned by the main character.
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