9780813529660

Bold Words : A Century of Asian American Writing

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813529660

  • ISBN10:

    0813529662

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-08-01
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Rajini Srikanth
PART 1 MEMOIR
Introduction
The Voice That Passes through Me, An Interview with Meena Alexander
3(7)
Esther Iwanaga
Rajini Srikanth
How My Stories Were Written
10(4)
Carlos Bulosan
The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
14(7)
Maxine Hong Kingston
The Faintest Echo of Our Language
21(8)
Chang-Rae Lee
From Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian American Memoir of Homelands
29(9)
Shirley Geok-Lin Lim
From My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and Its People in the Age of AIDS
38(8)
Abraham Verghese
From Where the Body Meets Memory
46(6)
David Mura
From Ono Ono Girl's Hula
52(7)
Carolyn Lei-Lanilau
Pa
59(10)
Loung Ung
PART 2 POETRY
Introduction
Absorbing and Being Absorbed by Poetry
69(8)
Eleen Tabios
(Untitled)
77(1)
Frances Chung
Filling the Gap
78(2)
Lawson Fusao Inada
Thirty Years Under
80(1)
Mitsuye Yamada
Cincinnati
81(2)
Mitsuye Yamada
Smokey's Getting Old
83(2)
Jessica Hagedorn
Recipe
85(1)
Janice Mirikitani
Why Is Preparing Fish a Political Act?
86(1)
Janice Mirikitani
Yellow Light
87(2)
Garrett Hongo
The Gift
89(1)
Li-Young Lee
Urban Love Songs
90(3)
Wing Tek Lum
The Chocolatier
93(1)
Tina Koyama
Strawberries
94(2)
Eric Chock
This Room and Everything in It
96(2)
Li-Young Lee
From ``In Search of Evanescence''
98(2)
Agha Shahid Ali
Andy Warhol Speaks to His Two Filipino Maids
100(1)
Alfred A. Yuson
Not Much Art
101(2)
Indran Amirthanayagam
Ceylon
103(2)
Indran Amirthanayagam
The Floral Apron
105(1)
Marilyn Chin
Kala Gave Me Anykine Advice Especially about Filipinos When I Moved to Pahala
106(2)
Lois-Ann Yamanaka
A Conservative View
108(2)
Cathy Song
The Founding of Yuba City
110(2)
Chitra Divakaruni
Prints
112(1)
Christian Langworthy
Reading the Poem about the Yew Tree
113(1)
Reetika Vazirani
News of the World
114(2)
Meena Alexander
The Young of Tiananmen
116(1)
Meena Alexander
They Don't Think Much about Us in America
117(2)
Alfrredo Navarro Salanga
Walls
119(1)
Luis H. Francia
Beetle on a String
120(1)
Vince Gotera
Ch'onmun Hak
121(2)
Walter K. Lew
Zenith
123(2)
Barbara Tran
The Bitterness of Bodies We Bear
125(2)
Bao-Long Chu
The Dead
127(1)
Linh Dinh
Sister Play
128(1)
Lan Duong
From The Redshifting Web
129(1)
Arthur Sze
Projections
130(3)
Christian Langworthy
PART 3 FICTION
Introduction
In That Valley Beautiful Beyond
133(7)
Gary Pak
In the Land of the Free
140(7)
Sui Sin Far
The Story of a Letter
147(4)
Carlos Bulosan
He Who Has the Laughing Face
151(3)
Toshio Mori
Seventeen Syllables
154(10)
Hisaye Yamamoto
From No-No Boy
164(6)
John Okada
From Clay Walls
170(9)
Kim Ronyoung
Melpomene Tragedy
179(6)
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
Railroad Standard Time
185(5)
Frank Chin
Batista and Tania Aparecida Djapan
190(5)
Karen Tei Yamashita
The Valley of the Dead Air
195(8)
Gary Pak
Rated-L
203(2)
R. Zamora Linmark
Our Lady of Kalihi
205(1)
R. Zamora Linmark
A New Beginning
206(7)
John Yau
Kim
213(6)
Jana Monji
Seeds
219(7)
Monique T. D. Truong
Fredo Avila
226(10)
Gina Apostol
A Difference of Background
236(7)
Nurul Kabir
Elvis of Manila
243(7)
Eric Gamalinda
From Monkey King
250(7)
Patricia Chao
From A Cab Called Reliable
257(3)
Patti Kim
The Goddess of Sleep
260(4)
Ginu Kamani
From The Necessary Hunger
264(8)
Nina Revoyr
Western Music
272(8)
Linh Dinh
Chagrin
280(5)
Tahira Naqvi
From The Foreign Student
285(6)
Susan Choi
Show and Tell
291(8)
Andrew Lam
Mrs. Sen's
299(14)
Jhumpa Lahiri
The Shylocks
313(10)
Cynthia Ignacio
PART 4 DRAMA
Introduction
Asian American Theater Awake at the Millennium
323(10)
Roberta Uno
From Eye of the Coconut
333(7)
Jeannie Barroga
From Assimilation
340(11)
Shishir Kurup
Mask Dance
351(36)
Rick Shiomi
From Mua He Do Lual Red Fiery Summer
387(8)
Le Thi Diem Thuy
From Three Lives
395(3)
Alex Luu
From Texas
398(21)
Judy Soo Hoo
Appendix 1: Themes and Topics 419(4)
Appendix 2: Ethnicity of Authors 423(2)
Glossary 425(2)
About the Contributors 427(8)
About the Editors 435(2)
Copyrights and Permissions 437(4)
Index of Authors and Titles 441

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