-an English merchant who met his wife, (her Chinese mother) while on a business trip to Shanghai, China.
- Her father struggled to make a living and the large family went through difficult times.
-In the early 1870s, her family left England to live in Hudson, New York, United States, but stayed there only a short time before relocating to Montreal, Canada.
-Because of their poverty and social status, Far left school at a young age to work in order to help support her family.
-She continued to write and although her appearance and manners would have allowed her to easily pass as an Englishwoman, Far and her sister valued their Chinese heritage and created literature that told what life was like for a Chinese woman in white America.
-Chinese immigrants, perhaps worse than many others, often faced heavy discrimination and were forced into back-breaking, low-paying jobs, such as railroad construction.
--the first person of Chinese descent in the United States to write and publish work about Chinese-American life"
--Forceful advocate for the race she chose to adopt in a nation that was xenophobic* about the Chinese
-The work is considered by some as the earliest book of fiction published in the United States by an author of mixed Chinese and white descent,
-The stories of Mrs. Spring Fragrance are divided into two-halves: "Mrs. Spring Fragrance" for adults, and "Tales of Chinese Children" for children.
-Set in Seattle and San Francisco, they reflect the struggles and joys in the daily lives of Chinese families in North America, specifically Canada and the United States.
-Throughout her work, Far's stories bring to light the cultural conflicts of Eurasians and recent immigrants during the modernist era.
"The subject was 'America, the Protector of China!' It was most exhilarating, and the effect of so much expression of benevolence leads me to beg of you to forget to remember that the barber charges you one dollar for a shave while he humbly submits to the American man a bill of fifteen cents."
-Suspended Chinese immigration for 10 years, declared them ineligible for naturalization
-Renewed in 1892, made permanent in 1902
-Effectively led to the decline of the Chinese population
Adhere to traditions, or assimilate into new society in order to achieve social acceptance?