The Asian Pacific American Heritage: A Companion to Literature and Arts [NOOK Book]


Meeting the challenge of teaching multiculturalism
Students-and their teachers-encountering literature and arts from unfamiliar cultures will welcome the special help this book provides. Instructors who are unfamiliar with Asian Pacific cultures are now being asked to explain a reference to the Year of the Rat, Obon Season, or to interpret a haiku. When Amy Tan refers to the Moon Lady or the Kitchen God, what does she mean? Is Confucianism actually a religion? This book answers ...
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The Asian Pacific American Heritage: A Companion to Literature and Arts

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Meeting the challenge of teaching multiculturalism
Students-and their teachers-encountering literature and arts from unfamiliar cultures will welcome the special help this book provides. Instructors who are unfamiliar with Asian Pacific cultures are now being asked to explain a reference to the Year of the Rat, Obon Season, or to interpret a haiku. When Amy Tan refers to the Moon Lady or the Kitchen God, what does she mean? Is Confucianism actually a religion? This book answers these and many other questions, for students, teachers, and the librarians to whom they turn for help.

Provides sound information on in-demand topics
The Companion presents lengthy articles-written specifically for this book-on the topics that unlock the work of a number of contemporary Asian Pacific American writers and artists, for example: Asian naming systems, the "model minority" discourse, Chinese diaspora, Filipino American values, the Confucian family and its tensions, Japanese internment, Mao's Great Cultural Revolution, the Korean alphabet, food and ethnic identity, religious traditions, Fengshui and Chinese medicine, Filipino folk religion, Hmong needlework, and reading Asian characters in English, just to name a few.

Covers major contemporary writers
The articles are coupled with in-depth studies of the authors most likely to be part of the multicultural curriculum during the next decade, among them Maxine Hong Kingston, Frank Chin, Amy Tan, Younghill Kang, Carlos Bulosan, Jessica Hagedorn, Lawson Fusao Inada, Garret Hongo, David Henry Hwang, Kim Ronyoung, and Cathy Song.

Expert contributors
This volume was created under the supervision of distinguished Advisory Editors from the Asian Pacific American community. The contributors, a Who's Who of Asian Pacific American humanistic scholarship, are frequently the founders of their disciplines, and most are from the ethnic group being written about.

Helps students understand arts and literature
Multicultural courses are generally taught by exposing students to literature or arts, with reference to their political, sociological, and historical contexts. This book is designed to help students reading novels, watching films, and confronting artworks with information needs quite different from those of social scientists and historians.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A new series included within the "Garland Reference Library of the Humanities" addresses the need for source material in the growing field of multicultural studies. Editor-in-chief Leonard, a professor of interdisciplinary humanities at San Francisco State University, predicts that "[i]n the next few years reference librarians will be besieged by people seeking answers to new questions" on this subject. He offers an eclectic mix of formal analyses and personal essays by well-credentialed scholars and artists who often share the ethnic heritage they discuss. Each piece concludes with a list of material for further reading, and each volume includes a lexicon of commonly used terms and a descriptive chronology with statistics documenting the culture's contributions to American society. Some essays describe the complex immigrant experience and the evolving influence of the country of origin through succeeding generations. Others discuss musicians, filmmakers, writers, and other creative artists in relation to their ethnic backgrounds. The volume on Asian Pacific Americans also has short articles on practical subjects like Asian naming systems and regional cuisines. Given the tremendous range of topics covered, both volumes are highly readable and informative. The detailed indexes, which oddly do not analyze the descriptive chronologies, make the books somewhat useful as ready-reference sources. However, their best application would be as introductory anthologies or even textbooks. Recommended for libraries at universities with multicultural studies programs.--Vivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Collects 63 first person accounts and scholarly articles on an array of topics relating to the many Asian groups that have settled in the US. Introductory issues covered include the Asian ideogram and naming systems and the "model minority" discourse. Subsequent sections discuss family and self, including a Chinese woman's account of her grandfather's concubines and an interview on Filipino American values; issues connected to roots, traditions, and the old country, such as food and ethnic identity; the diaspora culture in California; literature including the Korean-American novel and D.T. Suzuki's creation of Japanese American Zen; and many aspects of the Asian arts including Chinese opera and Hmong and Mien story cloths. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135580179
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 690
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

George J. Leonard is a Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities at San Francisco State University, and has taught at Yale, Scripps College/Claremont and in Beijing. Among his many scholarly publications, including Into the Light of Things: the Art of the Commonplace from Wordsworth to John Cage, Leonard is also the author of popular novels, Beyond Control, (Macmillan) and The Ice Cathedral (Simon and Schuster).

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Table of Contents

1 Reading Asian Characters in English 3
2 Characters: The Asian Ideogram Systems 15
3 Asian Naming Systems 29
4 The "Model Minority" Discourse 35
5 Confucius and the Asian American Family 41
6 My Grandfather's Concubines 67
7 Japanese American Life in the Twentieth Century 85
8 The Nisei Go to War 113
9 Being Nisei 119
10 Being Sansei 123
11 First-Generation Memories 127
12 Filipino American Values 139
13 Korean American One-Point-Five 143
14 The Lizard Hunter 151
15 Food and Ethnic Identity 171
16 Chinese Food 181
17 Japanese Food 189
18 Filipino Food 197
19 Korean Food 199
20 Vietnamese Food 207
21 Southeast Asian Food 213
22 Tea 219
23 Fengshui, Chinese Medicine, and Correlative Thinking 229
24 Lunar New Year, the Moon Lady, and the Moon Festival 237
25 Obon Season in Little Tokyo 247
26 Filipinos and Religion 251
27 Maoism and Surviving the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution 271
28 The Chinese Diaspora 299
29 The Arrival of the Asians in California 311
30 The Early History of Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and Filipinos in America 317
31 Chinatown, 1899 323
32 Dialect, Standard, and Slang 333
33 Dialect Literature in America 351
34 Roots 363
35 Roots 369
36 The Beginnings of Chinese Literature in America 377
37 D. T. Suzuki and the Creation of Japanese American Zen 381
38 Asian American Literary Pioneers 395
39 Asian American Literature 413
40 First-Generation Writings 423
41 Asian American Autobiographical Tradition 427
42 Frank Chin 435
43 Maxine Hong Kingston 439
44 A Reader's Guide to Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club 447
45 David Henry Hwang 473
46 A Reader's Guide to Cebu and Dark Blue Suit Based on Interviews with Its Author, Peter Bacho 481
47 Jessica Hagedorn 497
48 Lawson Fusao Inada 507
49 Garret Hongo 513
50 The Literature of Korean America 515
51 The Korean American Novel 527
52 Discovering Korean American Literature 535
53 Clay Walls 537
54 Cathy Song and the Korean American Experience in Poetry 541
55 Chinese Opera 549
56 Bernardo Bertolucci and the Westernization of The Last Emperor 555
57 A Viewer's Guide to Wayne Wang's Dim Sum 567
58 Asian American Visual Arts 585
59 Story Cloths 591
60 Toi Hoang 607
61 First-Generation Painting 611
App. A Asian Pacific American Chronology and Statistics 619
App. B A Cultural Lexicon for Asian Pacific Studies 643
Contributors 669
Index 681
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