The Asian Pacific American Heritage: A Companion to Literature and Arts

The Asian Pacific American Heritage: A Companion to Literature and Arts

by George J. Leonard

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Overview

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.

Product Details

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

About 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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Special Features

*Many of the articles are written in a popular style, accessible and appealing to high school students and lay readers

* Other articles are intended for the instructor teaching a multicultural course for the first time who may be unfamiliar with Asian Pacific * American culture

* The Companion presents articles written by preeminent authorities in their field

* A Cultural Lexicon or glossary of terms and concepts, a Chronology, Suggestions for Further Reading, and a section on useful Statistics enhance the reference value of this unique volume

*The articles address women's issues and contributions in detail

*A selection of first-person memoirs personalize culture and customs in a dramatic and compelling way.

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