Abstract

This personal essay describes Yep's fascination with dreams and illustrates how the symbolic aspects of dreams mark the Chinese American experience, as well as his own trajectory as a writer. Noting that dreaming is characteristic of the human condition, Yep traces the ways in which visions of America have defined the history of the Chinese in the United States and have shaped his own writing. He then describes in detail the genesis of many of his work—fantasy and science fiction, realist stories and historical novels—linking them to his own experiences. By writing these texts, he explains, he discovered a mirror for his dreams of finding a niche in which he could fit.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6563
Print ISSN
0147-2593
Pages
pp. 157-167
Launched on MUSE
2006-04-25
Open Access
No
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