A unique collection of essays explores the diversity of Asian American literature from the 19th century to the present
Reading the Literatures of Asian America
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edited by Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Amy Ling
With the recent proliferation of critically acclaimed literature by Asian American writers, this groundbreaking collection of essays provides a unique resource for students, scholars, and the general reading public. The homogeneity implied by the term "Asian American" is replaced in this volume with the rich diversity of highly disparate peoples. Languages, religions, races and cultural and national backgrounds. Examining a century of Asian American literature from the late 19th century up through the contemporary experimental drama of Ping Chong, the contributors address the work of writers with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, East Indian, and Pacific Island ancestry. Asian Canadian and Hawaiian literature are also considered.
Part I: Ambivalent Identities
Part II: Race and Gender
Part III: Borders and Boundaries
Part IV: Representations and Self-Representations
Notes on Contributors
Shirley Geok-lin Lim is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is also editor (with John Blair Gamber, Stephen Hong Sohn and Gina Valentino) of Transnational Asian American Literature (Temple).
Amy Ling is Associate Professor of English and Director of Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also editor of Yellow Light (Temple).
Contributors: Oscar V. Campomanes, King-Kok Cheung, Renny Christopher, Cheng Lok Chua, Donald C. Goellnicht, Ruth Y. Hsiao, David Leiwei Li, Patricia Lin, James S. Moy, Gayle K. Fujita Sato, Stephen H. Sumida, Craig Tapping, Qui-Phiet Tran, George Uba, Suzanne R. Westfall, Sau-ling Cynthia Wong, Stan Yogi, Chung-Hei Yun, and the editors.
In the series
Asian American History and Culture, edited by Sucheng Chan, David Palumbo-Liu, Michael Omi, K. Scott Wong, and Linda Trinh Vő.
The "standard" written histories of Asian immigrants to the United States have been imbued with Western cultural biases. As a critique and corrective to earlier work, Asian American History and Culture, edited by Sucheng Chan, David Palumbo-Liu, Michael Omi, K. Scott Wong, and Linda Trinh Vő, aims to develop a history of Asian Americans that is compatible with their own experience, that treats Asian Americans as agents of historical change and as creators of a new culture. In addition, this series intends to focus on the groups that are flourishing in the contemporary U.S.Filipinos, Koreans, Vietnameseabout whom little has been written as well as to add to the substantial work done on the Chinese and Japanese in this country.