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Asian American literature : reviews and criticism of works by American writers of Asian descent
Trudeau, Lawrence J., 1955-
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Research, [1999]

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xii, 536 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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This reference guide to Asian writers covers authors whose works have been translated into the English language. Each author entry includes full biographical information, as well as excerpts from literary criticism and sources for further study. Authors covered include David Henry Hwang, Amy Tan, Lady Murasaki, Ts'ao Chan, Yasunari Kawabata and Kenzaburo Oe. The text concentrates on contemporary authors, but also includes many who have historical importance. Author portraits are included, as well as an introductory essay on developments and trends in Asian and Anglo-American literature and a map of East Asia.

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Booklist Review

Asian American Literature was created in response to suggestions from college, public, and high-school librarians who saw a need for an anthology of critical writings on the works of Asian American authors in the same format as Gale's other publications, Black Literature Criticism [RBB D 15 91], Hispanic Literature Criticism [RBB Jl 94], and Native North American Literature [RBB Ap 15 95]. The more general Gale literature series, Contemporary Literary Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, both cover many Asian American authors, but this new volume provides its audience with a more concentrated approach to the topic. The volume includes entries for 45 American and Canadian authors from the fields of poetry, fiction, drama, essay, autobiography, and children's literature, arranged in alphabetical order. Both pioneering authors such as Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far), whose 1912 collection of stories, Mrs. Spring Fragrance, was the first book about Chinese American life published by a writer of Chinese ancestry, and emerging ones, such as Korean American Chang-Rae Lee, are included, providing readers with a wide range of authors that represent a diversity of voices as well as a variety of historical periods. Entries are generally more than 10 pages long and contain a short introduction, a list of major works in chronological order, reviews and criticism either excerpted or reprinted in their entirety, annotations to the essays, bibliographic citations to the essays, and, finally, a bibliography of further readings. There are also citations to entries in other Gale publications. Most entries include a portrait of the author. A complete index of all titles discussed concludes the work. This companion to Gale's other titles on writers of specific ethnic backgrounds is a worthwhile purchase for public, high-school, and undergraduate collections.

Library Journal Review

Meant for students, this reference lists 45 American writers of Asian descent, giving a photo, a short biography, a list of major works, criticism and reviews, and further resource materials. The authors cover most of Asia. Some are famous (Maxine Hong Kingston, Ved Mehta, Amy Tan, David Henry Hwang), others are "emerging" (Chang-Rae Lee, David Wong Louie), and still others are of historical interest (Carlos Bulosan, Sui Sin Far, Pardee Low). All genres are represented, but some authors with only one book to their credit are included, while many others have been excluded. In addition, some authors that leap readily to mind have been left out since many Asians writing in English are British or do not live in the United States. The critical materials are drawn from a small pool of resources and will date quickly, and a few minor errors occur (Eileen Chang's year of death, for example). Despite these drawbacks, this is a solid resource full of useful information. For academic libraries.‘Kitty Dean Chen, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Similar in format to Gale's Black Literature Criticism (CH, Sep'92), Hispanic Literature Criticism (CH, Oct'94), and Native North American Literature (CH, Jun'95), this welcome publication profiles 45 important Asian American authors of novels, short stories, essays, plays, and poetry, and provides excerpts from critical essays examining their works. The book covers many prominent writers such as Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Bharati Mukherjee, and younger, emerging authors, including poet Li-Young Lee and novelist Chang-Rae Lee. Major works by each author are highlighted, and short bibliographies and very brief biographies accompany each profile. The text has a few small errors and, surprisingly, there are photographs of only half the authors. One wishes a multivolume set resembling Hispanic Literature Criticism had been issued; there are certainly enough writers to fill it. But this publication provides a good introduction to contemporary Asian American literature and will be a useful addition to undergraduate collections, large public and school libraries, and all libraries seeking to diversify their holdings. S. A. Vega Garcia Iowa State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. VII
Acknowledgmentsp. XI
Carlos Bulosanp. 1
Diana Changp. 17
Eileen Changp. 33
Frank Chinp. 48
Louis Chup. 61
Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far)p. 71
Winnifred Eaton (Onoto Watanna)p. 90
Philip Kan Gotandap. 101
Jessica Tarahata Hagedornp. 114
Le Ly Hayslipp. 126
Garrett Kaoru Hongop. 133
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houstonp. 146
David Henry Hwangp. 151
Lawson Fusao Inadap. 169
Gish Jenp. 176
Cynthla Kadohatap. 187
Younghill Kangp. 193
Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 209
Joy Kogawap. 232
Chang-rae Leep. 241
Gus Leep. 250
Li-Young Leep. 261
Lin Yutangp. 275
Bette Bao Lordp. 283
David Wong Louiep. 291
Pardee Lowep. 300
Ruthanne Lum McCunnp. 304
Ved Mehtap. 313
Janice Mirikitanip. 333
Toshio Morip. 342
Bharati Mukherjeep. 355
David Murap. 369
Fae Myenne Ngp. 380
John Okadap. 390
Bienvenido N. Santosp. 402
Monica Sonep. 415
Cathy Songp. 421
Amy Tanp. 438
Linda Ty-Casperp. 450
Yoshiko Uchidap. 458
Jose Garcia Villap. 471
Jade Snow Wongp. 486
Hisaye Yamamotop. 498
Karen Tei Yamashitap. 508
Wakako Yamauchip. 518
Index to Titlesp. 533