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Meet the Writers
Gish Jen's first novel, Typical American, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award -- earning Jen a place among such established Asian-American writers as Amy Tan and Chang-rae Lee. In our interview, Jen discusses how being bi-cultural can be a boon to her writing. "It's a gift of perspective," she explains. "There's a way in which being bi-cultural, I can write about things -- and I have things to say -- that maybe not everybody knows."