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With the recent proliferation of critically acclaimed literature by Asian American writers, this groundbreaking collection of essays provides a unique resource for students, scholars, and the general reading public. The homogeneity implied by the term "Asian American" is replaced in this volume with the rich diversity of highly disparate peoples. Languages, religions, races and cultural and national backgrounds. Examining a century of Asian American literature from the late 19th century up through the contemporary experimental drama of Ping Chong, the contributors address the work of writers with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, East Indian, and Pacific Island ancestry. Asian Canadian and Hawaiian literature are also considered.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. FOREWORD
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. PART I AMBIVALENT IDENTITIES
  1. 1. The Ambivalent American: Asian American Literature on the Cusp
  2. pp. 13-32
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  1. 2. Versions of Identity in Post-Activist Asian American Poetry
  2. pp. 33-48
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  1. 3. Filipinos in the United States and Their Literature of Exile
  2. pp. 49-78
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  1. 4. Beyond "Clay Walls": Korean American Literature
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. 5. Witnessing the Japanese Canadian Experience in World War II: Processual Structure, Symbolism, and Irony in Joy Kogawa's Obasan
  2. pp. 97-108
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  1. PART II RACE AND GENDER
  1. 6. Ethnicizing Gender: An Exploration of Sexuality as Sign in Chinese Immigrant Literature
  2. pp. 110-130
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  1. 7. Rebels and Heroines: Subversive Narratives in the Stories of Wakako Yamauchi and Hisaye Yamamoto
  2. pp. 131-150
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  1. 8. Facing the Incurable: Patriarchy in Eat a Bowl of Tea
  2. pp. 151-162
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  1. 9. "Don't Tell": Imposed Silences in The Color Purple and The Woman Warrior
  2. pp. 163-190
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  1. 10. Tang Ao in America: Male Subject Positions in China Men
  2. pp. 191-212
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  1. PART III BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES
  1. 11. Sense of Place, History, and the Concept of the "Local" in Hawaii's Asian/Pacific American Literatures
  2. pp. 215-238
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  1. 12. Momotaro's Exile: John Okada's No-No Boy
  2. pp. 239-258
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  1. 13. Blue Dragon, White Tiger: The Bicultural Stance of Vietnamese American Literature
  2. pp. 259-270
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  1. 14. From Isolation to Integration: Vietnamese Americans in Tran Dieu Hang's Fiction
  2. pp. 271-284
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  1. 15. South Asia Writes North America: Prose Fictions and Autobiographies from the Indian Diaspora
  2. pp. 285-302
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  1. PART IV REPRESENTATIONS AND SELF-REPRESENTATIONS
  1. 16. Creating One's Self: The Eaton Sisters
  2. pp. 305-318
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  1. 17. The Production of Chinese American Tradition: Displacing American Orientalist Discourse
  2. pp. 319-332
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  1. 18. Clashing Constructs of Reality: Reading Maxine Hong Kingston's Tripmaster Mankey: His Fake Book as Indigenous Ethnography
  2. pp. 333-348
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  1. 19. The Death of Asia on the American Field of Representation
  2. pp. 349-358
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  1. 20. Ping Chong's Terra In/Cognita: Monsters on Stage
  2. pp. 359-374
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  1. NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 375-376
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