Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker's Journal

Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker's Journal

by Alan Chong Lau

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Overview

Alan Chong Lau’s poetic memoir of his days as a produce worker in Seattle’s Chinatown reveals a microcosm of grassroots, working-class Asian America—a world where customers, workers, and fruits and vegetables intersect in exchanges that crackle with energy and brim over with humor.

With the simple profundity of a Zen koan, the poems bear witness to people’s humanity. Lau portrays in words and pictures a community in constant flux as it moves to the push and pull of immigration. Blues and Greens has a lot to say about Asian Americans. What emerges is an acutely observed, nuanced critique of where Asian Americans—native-born, refugee, and migrant—are today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824823238
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Series: Intersections: Asian and Pacific American Transcultural Studies Series , #5
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
A blue notexi
I.Blues
Morning blues3
6 A.M.5
Primping6
Going for a dip7
Preparing sashimi7
Winter melon9
Nasubi10
Melons10
Chi goo11
Bitter melon12
Ginger13
Red delicious14
Uncovering the evidence15
Boys at play17
The end of spring18
Bean sprouts19
The price20
When it rains20
II.Greens
Raw peanuts23
Grapes25
Stormbringer26
The green mustache27
Shoplifter28
Mustard greens30
Issei farmer30
The gambler's wife31
The voice33
This is only a test34
The old man35
Remembers asparagus fishing37
In summer38
The accident39
Omens40
Mothra's cousin grazes the produce rack42
III.Strange root
Strange root47
Paper flowers48
The sale on water chestnuts50
Matsutake, living treasures under the pine51
Sorting things out53
Escape from the fish tank54
Garden of eden55
Garden of eden 256
Sign language58
The king's english59
The gesture60
The meat of a mango61
IV.Hello, little bean sprout!
Sprout woman65
Plumbing the depths67
Late summer67
The footprint68
Green onions69
Black iris70
Scavengers71
The sore loser72
The gate73
This sky74
Starting work74
The apology75
Tools of his trade75
Baby ruth77
Finding the hair of A mexican woman in this box of sugar peas78
The raft79
A view from the stairs80
Boredom81
The river, the potatoes82
After the rain84
V.Long beans and the maori warrior
Long beans and the maori warrior87
The squeak of sugar peas88
The return of the gambler's wife89
Frost warning90
The argument91
Three lumpy oranges93
Bunching gai lan94
The spill94
Perfection in design95
The kids from tokyo97
The interrogation98
ID at dusk99
The fight100
In front of the bank101
Orphan103
Her brown face104
Day of the parade105
A funny word110
Two women talking111
The boy and the jackfruit112
When work lets out114
Coming home115

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