On a Bed of Rice: An Asian American Erotic Feast

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Library Journal
Okinawan American Kudaka, herself an author and contributor to this work, assembles both well-known and emerging writers of Asian and Pacific ancestry to present a view of eroticism and love from the Asian American perspective. The more than 80 short stories and poems as well as one play in this anthology include prize winners by the likes of David Henry Hwang. Eight sections represent works ranging from innocently romantic to bawdy and explicit as they explore themes as divergent as first love and living and dying with AIDS both in the United States and around the world. While some of the pieces in this unique collection appear here for the first time, many are reprinted from other collections and magazines. Many of the contributors teach creative writing at American universities; there are biographical sketches of each. For general readers.-D.E. Perushek, Univ. of Tennessee Libs., Knoxville
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This book displays the rich diversity of erotic literature written by Americans of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, East Indian, Pakistani, and Amerasian descent. Features stories, essays, and poems by such writers as Frank Chin, Garrett Hongo, Joy Kogawa, Bharati Mukherjee, others, capturing erotic viewpoints on such themes as sexual awakening, identity and exploration, marital betrayal, and interracial love. Written in styles ranging from the lyrical to the lascivious, and from the provocative to the explicit. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385476409
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Unfurling Pleasure, Embracing Race
What People Knew 3
The Great Depression 11
The Mother "i" 12
Buying Shoes 26
The Chocolatier 31
Two Rooms 33
Jeannie 36
Roses 49
The Word Love 57
Moths 69
The Cousins 76
Reunions with a Ghost 82
Memento Mori 84
Kala: Sitting on Our Bikes by the Catholic Church 87
Sacrament 89
From Tokyo Bound 97
Tongue 110
Lipstick 115
The Handbook of Sex of the Plain Girl 124
Volcanology: Curtain of Fire 126
Skin Diving in Bombay 128
From Body 143
Mangoes 149
Krista Rising 156
Gloriously 171
The Size of It 175
Asian Penis: The Long and Short of It 177
From Re-Placing Angels 185
My Body, Singing in Silence 194
Skin Flowers 198
From Aomori 201
From The Hemisphere: Kuchuk Hanem 204
Kim 208
Afterimages of Leung Kar Fai 217
From Obasan 229
The Tenant 233
In Between and Around 250
The Movers 255
From Native Speaker 270
Song for Lovers 274
Winston and Samantha 276
Sea of Grace 284
Fear of Flying 291
Happiness: A Manifesto 304
The Poet Welcomes His Male Muse 312
Potato Eater 314
Poet's Cafe 326
Stories to Read Aloud: No. VI 336
A Yin and Her Man 338
Excerpts: From the Diary of Bu Yau Shu Cai 345
Desire as the Gesture Between Us 351
Fried Yams 355
Onofre's Happy Romance 356
From Inday 366
The Lover 370
The Orange 384
Defection 386
From Year of the Dog 393
Night sweats 402
Rain 412
To women who sleep alone 419
Pearl Diver 423
Dream Journal 428
From The Dodo Vaccine 431
Live Life Empirically 438
A Tale of Flesh in Three Parts 443
Seeds of Betrayal 449
From Come 456
Chui Chai 462
Contributors' Biographies 479
Permissions 491
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