Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose

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Vietnamese American writers Tran, who has published in such journals as Amerasia and Antioch Review, and her coeditors present a volume rich in the voices of people made to straddle two cultures. Over half the pieces have been previously published in journals or collections of Asian American literature, but the emphasis in Watermark is very contemporary and totally Vietnamese. While other anthologies of Vietnamese literature focus on the experience of the Vietnam War, this book focuses mostly on first- or second-generation Vietnamese Americans as they maneuver through American culture. Not to be missed are Andrew Lam's two stories "Grandma's Tales," an unexpectedly droll flight of fancy about the death of a Vietnamese grandmother, and "Show and Tell," the moving portrayal of the introduction of a Vietnamese refugee boy into an eighth-grade American class. The selections fill a gap in Asian American literature as they present a vision both gripping and arresting.D.E. Perushek, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889876047
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Asian American Writers Worksh Ser.
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

from Live by water, die for water
The Brochure 1
Up Over Boulder Hill 3
Letter to My Bed 16
History 17
Seeds 19
Slow Tribe 29
Lost and Found 30
Sounding Sadec 34
Nobody Knows 37
from Rosary 43
A Pressing Romance 50
Fritz Glatman 51
Pre-Dahmer 58
Tale of Apricot 59
Sestina 74
The White Horse 77
Untitled 83
Big girl, Little girl 85
Chickens 87
from When You're Old Enough 105
Show and Tell 111
The Dead 122
Know by Heart 123
from Monkey Bridge 133
M.I.A. 144
Grandma's Tales 145
Sister Play 151
Night Shelter 153
The Long Bien Bridge 160
Golden Gate 166
Prints 172
Western Music 174
Auspicious 186
Placing the Accents 187
Mango 189
Recipe 3 200
Recipe 5 201
The Bitterness of Bodies We Bear 202
The Dill Peddler 204
Copyrights 213
Acknowledgments 216
About the Contributors 218
About the Editors 223
A Note to the Reader 224
List of Donors 225
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