The Big Aiiieeeee!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Aiiieeeee!'' is the angry cry of Asian Americans, ``long ignored and forcibly excluded from creative participation in American culture.'' In their incendiary introduction, the editors of this absorbing collection condemn the ``white racist imagination'' that has permeated such popular Asian American works as Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club . The writings themselves--remarkably diverse, ranging from haiku to autobiography--present a subtler, often poignant picture of Chinese and Japanese immigrants and their American-born childrenpk striving to adjust to an unwelcoming new culture. The best-known piece is an excerpt from Louis Chu's novel Eat a Bowl of Tea ; other works are more obscure but no less vivid. In the short story ``Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian,'' Sui Sin Far, one of several eloquent women writers included, describes a young girl's struggle for identity in late 19th-century America. ``Why did God make us to be hooted and stared at? Papa is English, Mamma2 ``m''s in text is Chinese. Why couldn't we have been either one thing or the other?'' The editors' previous collection was Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers. (July)
Library Journal
Partisan politics is a poor reason for putting together an anthology. Though this book claims to be an anthology of Chinese American and Japanese American literature, it is actually an excuse for the editors to put forth an agenda that condemns any writing not matching their philosophy as inherently and viciously anti-Asian and anti-Asian American. Materials in this anthology were chosen for their ``political correctness'' and not for their literary value. Highly respected Asian American writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan are excluded for ``sucking up to the white Christian fantasy.'' Some of the material is rehashed from their earlier anthology Aiiieeeee! ( LJ 8/74), and the newly added material does nothing to improve the scope of the collection. The result is a highly biased, very uneven collection of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and miscellaneous writings. Not recommended.--Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452010765
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/1991
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 1.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Shawn Wong was born in Oakland, California, in 1949. He is a professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has coedited the much-acclaimed Yardbird anthologies as well as Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers, and The Big Aiiieeeee!

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Table of Contents


Come All Ye Asian American Writers of the Real and the Fake, by Frank Chin

An English-Chinese Phrase Book, by Wong Sam and Assistants

Three Short Stories by Sui Sin Far: Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian; The Story of One White Woman Who Married a Chinese; Her Chinese Husband

Poems from Songs of Gold Mountain, translated by Marlon K. Hom: Immigration Blues; Lamentations of Stranded Sojourners

from Homebase, a novel by Shawn Wong

A Farmer's Life, from Hawaii: End of the Rainbow, a novel by Kazuo Miyamoto

And the Soul Shall Dance, Act One of a play by Wakako Yamauchi

The Seventh Street Philosopher, a short story by Toshio Mori

from Nisei Daughter, a memoir by Monica Sone

from All I Asking For Is My Body, a novel by Milton Murayama

from Horizon Is Calling, an autobiographic picture book by Taro Yashima

The Shoyu Kid, a short story by Lonny Kaneko

Laughter and False Teeth, a play by Hiroshi Kashiwagi

The Legend of Miss Sasagawara, a short story by Hisaye Yamamoto

Poetic Reflections of the Tule Lake Internment Camp 1944, haiku by Violet Kazue Matsuda de Cristoforo

The University of California Japanese Evacuation and Resettlement Study: A Prolegomenon, by Peter T. Suzuki

from Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America's Concentration Camps, by Michi Weglyn

Good Law vs. Good Publicity, by Minoru Yasui

Two Short Stories: Relocation by Larry Tajiri; Nurse by Masaharu Hane

from Obasan, a novel by Joy Kogawa

from No-No Boy, a novel by John Okada

from Eat a Bowl of Tea, a novel by Louis Chu

The Only Real Day, a short story by Frank Chin

Cheap Labor, a story by Jeffery Paul Chan

In a World Small Enough, a short story by David Wong Louie

Four Poems by Wing Tek Lum: Grateful Here; Going Home; The Poet Imagines His Grandfather's Thoughts on the Day He Died; To My Father

Five Poems by Lawson Fusao Inada: The Stand; The Discovery of Tradition; Concentration Constellation; Ainu Blues; On Being Asian American

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