Han Suyin (1917-2012 )

The Han Suyin collection contains manuscripts, printed materials, correspondence, research materials, professional materials, diaries and journals, audio materials, film and video, artwork, photographs, and memorabilia.


Manuscripts include novels, nonfiction books, short pieces, drafts, film scripts, articles, lectures, and other materials. Novels include And the Rain My Drink (1956) by Jonathan Cape with background notes and the sequel; Birdless Summer; Cast but One Shadow and Winter Love with drafts for the film in French and drafts for Winter Solstice; Crippled Tree; The Enchantress; The Four Faces (1963); Lhasa the Open City; A Many Splendored Thing; A Many-Splendored Woman: A Memoir of Han Suyin (1995) by G.M. Glaskin; The Morning Deluge: Mao Tsetung and the Chinese Revolution, 1893-1954 (1972); A Mortal Flower (1966); Mountain Is Young; My House Has Two Doors; A Share of Loving; Till Morning Comes; and Wind in the Tower (1976), among others.


Short pieces include “Aborigines”; “Africa’s Real Problem”; “Asia Today”; “Birth Control in China”; “Chou En Lai”; “Commonwealth of Women”; “Education in China”; “Family Planning in China”; “The Intellectual and Society”; “The Structure of the English Language”; “Man Alive”; and “The Western Outposts – Voyage to Sinking,” among others pertaining to life in China, politics, and ethnic identity.


Drafts include Autumn Is Best; The Reshaping of Chinese Society; Man’s Fate (1968); and Shanghai – City of Virtuous Revolution (1958-1986), among others.


Film scripts include Man’s Fate, adapted from the novel by Andre Malraux.


Articles include items pertaining to life in China – socially and politically – as well as Malaya, Singapore, and Southeast Asia, among other items.


Lectures include “American Lecture Tour” (1966); “Lecture given at Friends House (London) on Vietnam, U.S., and China” (1965); and “Speech at Geneva” (1977).


Other manuscripts include Han Suyin Newsletter (1959-1965); interview notes for the Daily Mail (1965); and items not written by Han, among other items.


Printed materials include clippings, newspapers, magazines, speeches, reports, and other materials. Clippings include items from Eastern Horizon; Eastern World; Far Eastern Economic Review;  Frau; L’Europeo; Le Nouvel Observateur; Life International; New Yorker; New York Times; Telemagazine; Unicef News – Health Care for All; Weekend Magazine; and World Health, among other items pertaining to China and South Asia.


Newspapers include items in English, Chinese, and Japanese.


Magazines include The Seventies; Bianyi Cankao; Xin Guancha; Baxiaoshi Yiwai; World Vision; and Railway Knowledge, among others.


Speeches include “Shen Dali speech,” among others.


Reports include “La Politique Etrangère du Canada vis-à-vis d'Asei-Pacifique”; “U.N. Cambodia Landmine Report”; and “The 1990 institute report,” among others.


Other printed materials include advertisements, booklets, brochures, concert programs, invitations, and menus, among other items.


Correspondence includes cards, files, telegrams, letters, and other materials. Cards include items from PRC Government Overseas Representatives; items from China; and autograph cards in English and French, among other items.


Files include items from the 1950s to the early 2010s primarily pertaining to London, financial materials, and correspondence between Yungmei Tang and Ann Lee.


Telegrams include a telegram in French from 1985.


Letters include items spanning the 1950s to the 1980s from the American Cancer Society; Amnesty International; Ann Arbor University; Bantam; Boston Globe; Bulletin of Atomic Scientists; Cathy Chamberlain; Chen Youwei; University of Chicago; Carrie Ismael; Madame Chou Enlai; Colonel Ruthnaswamy; Conference d’Enseignement Superior; Eugenics Review; Fang Chao Ling; William Hinton; Hui Im; Frederick Joss; Jawaharlal Nehru; Pakistan Writers Guild; and Russel Bertand, among others.


Other correspondence includes professional materials; family correspondence; and legal correspondence, among other items.


Research materials include photocopies of materials from the Department of Transportation of the Republic of China (1910s); notes; and “re: ANOTHER CHANCE TO LIVE.”


Professional materials include address books; calendars from the 1960s to the 1980s; airline tickets; files titled “1993 Nobel Lit Nominations” and “HSY Transfund/Chew Hui” (2001-2013); and information pertaining to an exhibition at the Chinese Historical Society of America.


Diaries and journals include “World Affairs” (1991).


Audio materials include cassette tapes and reels. Cassette tapes include “HS speaking in the House of Commons, London” (1965); “Interview by Jacques Chantel over Radio France” (1975); “Interview in French by Jacques Bofford for ‘Ecole Instrument de Paix’ series” (n.d.); and “Lecture in Perth, Australia,” among other items.


Reels include “HS in Algeria with Eldrige Cleaver for others” (n.d.); “Lecture at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon” (1966); “Lecture at Pasadena, California” (1966); and “Lectures in Cedar Rapids and Garden City, Iowa” (1966), among other items.


Film and video includes film reels of “Reception in Auckland, New Zealand for start of lecture series” (1970) and “Possibly HS in Australia or New Zealand” (1970); a video cassette of “G.M. Glaskin” (1996) as well as two undated items; and a VHS tape of Le Grand Assassinat (1997).


Artwork includes prints and portraits.


Photographs include items from the 1940s to the 1960s featuring Han Suyin and notables. Prominent in these are Tang Paohuang; King George VI of England; Joseph Hers; and Han Suyin’s family, among others.


Memorabilia includes certificates, clothing, and other items.

Notable Figures
1. Han, Suyin, 1917-2012
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Politics, Religion, Public Affairs, and Social Activism Subject Guide
2. History and Biography Subject Guide
3. Oriental literature – Study and teaching
4. Chinese literature--20th century
5. Chinese literature--Women authors.
6. Women physicians – China
7. Women authors, Chinese
8. Audiotapes
9. Motion pictures