The Big Aiiieeeee!

Jeffery Chan, Author, Lawson Fusao Inada, Editor, Jeffrey P. Chan, Editor Plume Books $38 (636p) ISBN 978-0-452-01076-5
``Aiiieeeee!'' is the angry cry of Asian Americans, ``long ignored and forcibly excluded from creative participation in American culture.'' In their incendiary introduction, the editors of this absorbing collection condemn the ``white racist imagination'' that has permeated such popular Asian American works as Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club . The writings themselves--remarkably diverse, ranging from haiku to autobiography--present a subtler, often poignant picture of Chinese and Japanese immigrants and their American-born childrenpk striving to adjust to an unwelcoming new culture. The best-known piece is an excerpt from Louis Chu's novel Eat a Bowl of Tea ; other works are more obscure but no less vivid. In the short story ``Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian,'' Sui Sin Far, one of several eloquent women writers included, describes a young girl's struggle for identity in late 19th-century America. ``Why did God make us to be hooted and stared at? Papa is English, Mamma2 ``m''s in text is Chinese. Why couldn't we have been either one thing or the other?'' The editors' previous collection was Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers. (July)
Reviewed on: 01/01/2007
Release date: 07/01/1991
Show other formats
FORMATS
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.