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Yellow light : the flowering of Asian American arts
Ling, Amy.
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Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1999.
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ix, 374 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm.
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Yellow Light asks forty world-renowned and newly emerging artists such as novelists C. Y. Lee and Maxine Hong Kingston: playwright David Henry Hwang and filmmaker Christine Choy: and hip hop and rap artists Jamez Chang and Tou Ger Xiong about their sense of an Asian American identity, their intended audience, and the genesis and purpose of their creative works. Providing interviews, photos, short biographies, personal essays, and artistic samples-including works of fiction and poetry, plays, visual art, and music-for each contributor, Yellow Light is the first book to present the words behind the words, images, and sounds of Asian American cultural production.

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Library Journal Review

Ling devised a set of questions on the Asian American experience and posed it to Asian writers, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and performance artists. Thirty-eight replied and found their way into this compilation, which is divided into two parts: one for writers and one for the rest. Ling (English, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) interviewed many of them, including Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, C.Y. Lee, Ping Chong, Christine Choy, and many emerging unknowns. These writers often refer to other Asians, such as Margaret Cho, Amy Tan, and Frank Chin, who are not interviewed. Because it is limited to Ling's questionnaire respondents, this compilation is uneven and somewhat odd in its inclusions and exclusions. Nevertheless, many of the interviews are interesting, and the excerpts from the authors' works are excellent. For larger public libraries.√ĄKitty 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

This volume, from the series "Asian American History and Culture," defines art broadly, including novelists and poets, playwrights and performance artists, filmmakers and graphic artists. Editor Ling (Asian American Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) presents examples of work by 39 Asian American artists, plus a performance group of three, who have Asian roots ranging from foreign born to third-generation citizens of the US. Essentially, this is an analysis of the role those roots play in the creative life. Preceding the examples of work are brief biographies, including interviews that explore the artists' professional lives, especially in relation to their ethnic origins. Although treating only Asian American artists, by inference this book goes far beyond that group, engaging the reader in questions about ethnicity of all persuasions. As such, this is a very telling work about conditions and aspirations of multicultural artistic populations. Some of the biographical entries expose the unique position Asian American artists hold in our society, often revealing shattering personal experiences. This superior expansion of ideas about art will be particularly valuable for undergraduates wrestling with questions of identity. Recommended most highly for those wishing to understand an important part of the creative process confronting many contemporary artists. General readers; undergraduate and graduate students; professionals. D. K. Haworth; emeritus, Carleton College

Table of Contents

Introduction: What's in a Name
Part I The Written WordC.Y. Lee, Novelist:
The Short Story That Changed My FateKim Yong Ik,
Novelist: "Home Again, 1945" (from Gourd Hollow Dance), From ElegyKim Udam and Mitsuye Yamada,
Poet: That Man, In Some CountriesDiana Chang,
Novelist and Poet: The Oriental ContingentSook Nyul Choi,
Memorist and Novelist: From Year of Impossible GoodbyesMaxine Hong Kingston,
Memoirist and Novelist: From Tripmaster MonkeyPeter Bacho,
Novelist: A Family GatheringArthur Sze,
Poet: In Your Honor, The Redshifting WebMeena Alexander,
Poet, Novelist, and Memoirst: Imagining DoraDarrell Lum,
Fiction Writer and Playwright: PaintGarrett Hongo,
Poet: Ministry: Homage to KilaueaDavid Mura,
Poet, Memorist, and Performance Artist: The Colors of DesireKaren Tei Yamashita,
Novelist: Siamese Twins and MongoloidsChitra Banerjee Divakaruni,
Poet and Fiction Writer: ClothesKirin Narayan,
Anthropologist and Novelist: "Firoze Ganjifrockwala" (from Love, Stars, and All That)Katherine Min,
Poet and Fiction Writer: The BrickStewartDavid Ikeda,
Part II Images, the Spoken Word, Dance, and MusicFlo Oy Wong,
Artist: Made in USA: AngelIsland Shhh,
My Mother's Baggage, Baby Jack Rice Story: The Corner BeckonedMunio Makuuchi,
Artist and Poet: From Lake Minidoka to Lake Mendota, Black Diamond,
Rooting for Coal, Fairgrounds Called Camp Harmony?, Gathering the Lost Tribes under Blue-Spot-Tailed Golden Eagle
Wings, Diane as Victory Garden-Even 1/16 "Japanese" BloodPing Chong,
Playwright: 98.6-A Convergence in 15 MinutesGenny Lim,
Poet and Playwright: From La China PoblanaDavid Henry Hwang,
Playwright: Trying to Find ChinatownVelina Hasu Houston,
Playwright and Poet: From TeaDwight Okita,
Playwright and Poet: Richard Speck, Asian Men on Asian Men: The AttractionDan Kwong,
Performance and Installation Artist: "Song for Grandpa" (from Monkhood in 3 Easy Lessons)Slant, Performance Group:Richard Ebihara,
Wayland Quintero, Perry Yung:
"No Menus Please" (from Big Dicks, Asian Men), "Diary of a Paper Son" (from The Second Coming)Christine Choy,
Filmmaker: Stills from Who Killed Vincent Chin?Renee Tajima-Pe?a,
Filmmaker: Stills from America... or Honk if You Love BuddhaEric Koyanagi,
Filmmaker: Stills from hundred percentGarrett Richard Wang,
Actor: ResponseWilliam David "Charlie" Chin, Musician, Composer, and Writer: Johnson's Store and Chris Iijima,
Lawyer, Singer, and Songwriter: Asian SongNobuke Miyamoto,
Dancer, Singer, and Songwriter: To All Relations/Mitakuye Oyasin,
What is the Color of Love?, The ChasmPeggy and Myo-Young Choy,
Dancer and Choreographer: ResponseJon Jang,
Composer and Pianist: From Island: The Immigrant SuiteFred Ho,
Musician and Composer: ResponseJamez Chang,
Hip-Hop and Rap Artist: IndianaJones Chang,
Longing for Home, Sai-i-ku, April 29Ton Ger Xiong,
Hip-Hop and Rap Artist: Go Hmong Boy Go Hmong Boy Go: A Rap, We Are Hmong: A Rap Permissions