Louis Chu Analysis


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Cheng Lok Chua. “Golden Mountain: Chinese Versions of the American Dream in Lin Yutang, Louis Chu, and Maxine Hong Kingston.” Ethnic Groups 4 (1982). Contends that in Eat a Bowl of Tea Chu casts Chinese traditions as the oppressor. In presenting the United States as Eden, he emphasizes the pursuit of happiness over wealth.

Cheung, King-Kok, and Stan Yogi. Asian American Literature. An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1988. The secondary literature on Chu or Eat a Bowl of Tea is limited, but this work lists available reference materials.

Gong, Ted. “Approaching Cultural Change Through Literature.” Amerasia Journal 7 (1980). Sees Eat a Bowl of Tea as documenting the birth of a new cultural tradition, Chinese American, in opposition to the old tradition, Chinese.

Hsiao, Ruth Y. “Facing the Incurable: Patriarchy in Eat a Bowl of Tea.” In Reading the Literatures of Asian America, edited by Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Amy Ling. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992. For Hsiao, the novel is a realization of attempts by earlier Chinese American writers to expose the patriarchy as an impractical cultural import in the face of an American reality.

Li-Shu-yan. “Otherness and Transformation in Eat a Bowl of Tea and Crossings.” MELUS 18 (1993). Concludes that through the resolution of family conflicts, Ben Loy in Eat a Bowl of Tea frees himself from the cultural traditions imposed upon him and creates a new identity, Chinese American.