Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing

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Rajini Srikanth, Esther Yae Iwanaga
Rutgers University Press, 2001 - 442 Seiten
A century of Asian American writing has generated a forceful cascade of "bold words." This anthology covers writings by Asian Americans in all genres, from the early twentieth century to the present. Some sixty authors of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American origin are represented, with an equal split between male and female writers. The collection is divided into four sections-memoir, fiction, poetry, and drama-prefaced by an introductory essay from a well-known practitioner of that genre: Meena Alexander on memoir, Gary Pak on fiction, Eileen Tabios on poetry, and Roberta Uno on drama. The selections depict the complex realities and wide range of experiences of Asians in the United States. They illuminate the writers' creative responses to issues as diverse as resistance, aesthetics, biculturalism, sexuality, gender relations, racism, war, diaspora, and family. Rajini Srikanth teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the coeditor of the award-winning anthology Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America and the collection A Part, Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America. Esther Y. Iwanaga teaches Asian American literature and literature-based writing courses at Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
 

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Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction
The Faintest Echo of Our Language 21
From Ono Ono Girls Hula 52
Untitled 77
Urban Love Songs 90
Not Much Art 101
News of the World 114
Kim 213
Seeds 219
Fredo Avila 226
A Difference of Background 236 A Difference of Background
Elvis of Manila 243
From Monkey King 250
From A Cab Called Reliable 257
From The Necessary Hunger 264

LAN DUONG
In the Land of the Free 140
The Story of a Letter 147
Seventeen Syllables 154
From NoNo Boy 164
From Clay Walls 170
Melpomene Tragedy 179
Railroad Standard Time 185
The Dead 127
RatedL 203
Our Lady of Kalihi 205
LINH DINH
Chagrin 280
Show and Tell 291
Mrs Sens 299
The Shylocks 313
From Eye of the Coconut 333
Mask Dance 351
From Three Lives 395
Themes and Topics 419
About the Editors 435
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Rajini Srikanth teachers at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the coeditor of the award-winning anthology Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America and of the collection A Part. Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America. Esther Y. Iwanaga teaches multicultural literature at Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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