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'Word Warriors' Should Cap Poison Pens

July 01, 1990

I am sad to learn about the warfare between these two Asian-American literary giants. Ever since they immigrated to America, Asians have not had an equal footing with whites. This situation is even more pronounced in the literary world.

Since Frank Chin and Maxine Hong Kingston have achieved success and have won acceptance (as writers), they ought to act as role models for the young Asian-Americans and encourage them to pursue a career in this less popular field among Asians. It is unhealthy for Chin and Kingston to continue bickering. I would like to be the matchmaker between the dragon and the phoenix, so that they may come down from heaven "to make the pearl together, to make it perfect."

LUKE W. M. CHANG, M.D.

Palos Verdes Estates

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