Asian American Short Story Writers

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Asian America has produced numerous short-story writers in the 20th century. Some emerged after World War II, yet most of these writers have flourished since 1980. The first reference of its kind, this volume includes alphabetically arranged entries for 49 nationally and internationally acclaimed Asian American writers of short fiction. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a survey of the writer's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies.

Writers include Frank Chin, Sui Sin Far, Shirely Geok-lin Lim, Toshio Mori, and Bharati Mukherjee. An introductory essay provides a close examination of the Asian American short story, and the volume closes with a list of works for further reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This first reference of its kind completes a series of sourcebooks dealing with 20th-century Asian American writers (previous titles focused on novelists, memoirists, poets, and playwrights). The text covers 49 well-known short story writers (e.g., Frank Chin, Gish Jen, Ha Jin, Chang-rae Lee, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, and Bharati Mukherjee) but, regrettably, omits some notable ones-e.g., Amy Tan, who is best known as a novelist but has also written short stories. The entries, all written by experts in the field, include biographies, discussions of major works and themes, balanced citations of appraisals as well as critical reviews, and useful bibliographies. Since short stories are scattered over time and featured in a variety of publications, making them less accessible, the real value of this sourcebook lies in the bibliographical material. Huang (English, Kutztown Univ. of Pennsylvania) must have made some hard choices but should be commended for contributing an interesting introduction that offers a close examination of the Asian American short story. Recommended for all libraries, especially those that already own the previous titles.-Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313322297
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

GUIYOU HUANG is Chair of the Department of English, and Director of the University Honors Program at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. His previous books include Whitmanism, Imagism, and Modernism in China and America (1997), Asian American Autobiographers (Greenwood, 2001), and Asian American Poets (Greenwood, 2002). He is also Editor of the forthcoming Columbia Guide to Asian American Literature.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Asian American Short Story - The Cases of Sui Sin Far, Yamamoto, and Penaranda
Peter Bacho (1950- ) 1
Himani Bannerji (1942- ) 5
Susham Bedi (1945- ) 11
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (1947- ) 17
Carlos Bulosan (1911-1956) 23
Jeffery Paul Chan (1942- ) 31
G. S. Sharat Chandra (1938-2000) 39
Diana Chang (1934- ) 45
Frank Chin (1940- ) 51
Susan Choi (1969- ) 61
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (1956- ) 65
Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton) (1865-1914) 73
Winnifred Eaton (1875-1954) 85
Jessica Hagedorn (1949- ) 93
Gish Jen (1956- ) 101
Ha Jin (1956- ) 109
Lonny Kaneko (1939- ) 115
Alex Kuo (1939- ) 119
Jhumpa Lahiri (1967- ) 125
Andrew Lam (1963- ) 135
Evelyn Lau (1971- ) 141
Chang-rae Lee (1965- ) 147
Don Lee (1959- ) 151
Monfoon Leong (1916-1964) 155
Russell Leong (1950- ) 159
Shirley Geok-lin Lim (1944- ) 167
David Wong Louie (1954- ) 173
Darrell H. Y. Lum (1950- ) 177
Rohinton Mistry (1952- ) 183
Shani Mootoo (1958- ) 189
Toshio Mori (1910-1980) 195
Bharati Mukherjee (1940- ) 203
Fae Myenne Ng (1956- ) 215
Susan Nunes (1943- ) 237
Gary Pak (1952- ) 243
Ty Pak (1938- ) 251
Nahid Rachlin (1947- ) 257
Raja Rao (1908- ) 263
Patsy Sumie Saiki (1915- ) 269
Bienvenido N. Santos (1911-1996) 273
Kathleen Tyau (1947- ) 281
Jose Garcia Villa (1908-1997) 287
Sylvia A. Watanabe (1953- ) 295
Hisaye Yamamoto (DeSoto) (1921- ) 303
Lois-Ann Yamanaka (1961- ) 317
Karen Tei Yamashita (1951- ) 327
Wakako Yamauchi (1924- ) 333
John Yau (1950- ) 337
Selected Bibliography 345
Index 349
About the Editor and Contributors 355
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