No-Yong Park’s Chinaman’s Chance: A Fictionalized Autobiography
This chapter explores the extent to which Chinaman’s Chance by No-Yong Park, despite its subtitle, was not an autobiography in the strict sense of the word but a fictional autobiography or an autobiographical fiction. Commonly recognized as “the Oriental Mark Twain,” Park “fabricates” his life story in a variety of ways. The principal reasons for fictionalizing his life were two-fold: first, to disguise his identity as a Chinese national because he had participated in the Korean Independent Movement and then been hunted by the Japanese police and to amuse the American readers for better sales of the book.
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