Asian American Novelists

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As a distinct area of literary study, Asian American literature now enjoys a level of critical recognition that was unimaginable when academic interest in the field began modestly some 25 years ago. Part of this recognition stems from the increasing contributions of Asian American novelists, whose works continue to capture growing levels of popular attention. By the early 1970s, anthologies of creative writing by Asian Americans began to appear, and there are now almost two dozen of them. Since then, numerous Asian American writers, such as Amy Tan, Michael Ondaatje, and Bharati Mukherjee, have gained considerable critical and commercial success.

The publication of this reference work reflects the new academic status of Asian American literature. Included are alphabetically arranged entries for 70 Asian American novelists. Since the historical and current experiences of Asians in Canada and the United States are substantially similar, the volume covers authors from both countries. While the majority of the writers profiled in the volume have East Asian backgrounds, some have South Asian or West Asian origins. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a short biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a summary of the novelist's critical reception, and separate bibliographies of primary and secondary sources. The volume concludes with a selected, general bibliography.

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Editorial Reviews

A reference on the lives and works of 70 Asian American novelists. Each brief chapter begins with biographical information, then offers interpretive commentary on major works, overviews of the critical reception accorded their work, and a list of primary and secondary sources. A majority of writers in this reference have East Asian backgrounds; a few have West Asian origins. The editor teaches English at SUNY-Cortland. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313309113
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 434
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

EMMANUEL S. NELSON is Professor of English at the State University of New York College at Cortland.

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Table of Contents

Meena Alexander 1
Himani Bannerji 8
Susham Bedi 13
William Peter Blatty 18
Vance Bourjaily 24
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard 29
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha 34
Diana Chang 38
Evelina Chao 44
Frank Chin 48
Sook Nyul Choi 56
Susan Choi 60
Denise Chong 64
Louis Hing Chu 68
Richard Crasta (also Avatar Prabhu) 76
Kiran Desai 81
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 87
Winnifred Eaton 93
Indira Ganesan 99
Stephen Gill 105
Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn 110
Chuang Hua 117
Cynthia Kadohata 120
Younghill Kang 127
Richard E. Kim 132
Maxine Hong Kingston 138
Bharti Kirchner 156
Joy Kogawa 161
Alex Kuo 168
Helena Kuo 172
Chang-Rae Lee 175
C. Y. Lee 180
Gus Lee 185
Marie G. Lee 192
Sky Lee 197
Adet Lin (also Tan Yun) 204
Steven C. Lo 207
Bette Bao Lord 211
Anchee Min 214
Rohinton Mistry 219
Kyoko Mori 229
Toshio Mori 234
Bharati Mukherjee 240
Milton Murayama 251
Kirin Narayan 257
Fae Myenne Ng 261
Mei Ng 267
Hualing Nieh 271
Sanjay Nigam 277
John Okada 281
Michael Ondaatje 289
Nahid Rachlin 296
Balachandra Rajan 303
Ninotchka Rosca 308
Patsy Sumie Saiki 313
Bienvenido N. Santos 317
Lisa Lenine See 323
Shyam Selvadurai 332
Vikram Seth 339
S. Shankar 345
Bapsi Sidhwa 350
Mai-Mai Sze 357
Lin Tai-Yi (also Anor Lin or Lin Wu-Shuang) 360
Amy Tan 365
Linda Ty-Casper 374
Holly Uyemoto 382
Jade Snow Wong 387
Shawn Wong 391
Lois-Ann Yamanaka 398
Karen Tei Yamashita 403
Selected Bibliography 409
Index 413
About the Editor and Contributors 419
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