Yellow Light: The Flowering of Asian American Arts

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Amy Ling
Temple University Press, 1999 - Art - 374 pages
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Amy Ling brings together in one comprehensive volume poets, novelists, dramatists, musicians, songwriters, composers, filmmakers, choreographers, and performance artists who span three generations and represent the broad spectrum of ethnicities that make up Asian America. They share thoughts on their work, their audiences, and their relationship to the Asian American rubric and American life and culture. They provide a rare glimpse of the inspirations and aspirations out of which their energy and ideas grow and place their work, each differently, in the complex fabric of American life. An indispensible anthology of work and an inspiring and provocative cultural record, Yellow Light casts a revealing glow on the contradictions, influences, imagination, and humanity expressed through the vastly varied creative projects of Americans with Asian roots. This book will engage readers interested in Asian American literature, film, and culture and students and scholars of Asian American studies, American culture, and multicultural studies. What is Asian America?
a place?
a race?
a frame of reference?
a government-imposed expedient?
a box to check on a form?
It's a dream in the heart
Like Bulosan's claim,
a tug in the gut,
a gleam of recognition:
Asian ancestry
American struggle.

--Amy Ling Author note: The late Amy Ling was Professor in the Department of English and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She authored numerous books, including Between Worlds: Women Writers of Chinese Ancestry and Chinamerican Reflections, a chapbook of poems and paintings.
 

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Contents

PART
5
Y Lee Novelist
11
Kim Yong Ik Novelist
19
From Elegy by Kim Udam
27
That Man
34
The Oriental Contingent
40
SookNyul Choi Memoirist
46
Maxine Hong Kingston Memoirist
55
The Corner Beckoned
186
Munio Makuuchi Artist and Poet
192
Black Diamond Rootingfor Coal
200
Genny Lim Poet and Playwright
213
David Henry Hwang Playwright
222
Velina Hasu Houston Playwright
236
Dwight Okita Playwright and Poet
250
Richard Speck
256

Peter Bacho Novelist
66
Memoirist
83
Playwright
92
Garrett Hongo Poet
103
Homage to Kilauea
110
The Colors of Desire
120
Karen Tei Yamashita Novelist
126
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Poet
136
Kirin Narayan Anthropologist
149
Katherine Min Poet and Fiction
156
Stewart David Ikeda Novelist
165
Roughie
172
Flo Oy Wong Artist
179
Song for Grandpa from Monkhood in 3
266
Christine Choy Filmmaker
281
Renee TajimaPena Filmmaker
287
Eric Koyanagi Filmmaker
295
Garrett Richard Wang Actor
301
William David Charlie Chin Musician
309
Johnsons Store
315
Asian Song
322
To All RelationsMitakuye Oyasin
328
Peggy MyoYoung Choy Dancer
334
The Immigrant Suite
340
Fred Ho Musician and Composer
347
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The late Amy Ling was Professor in the Department of English and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She authored numerous books, including Between Worlds: Women Writers of Chinese Ancestry and Chinamerican Reflections, a chapbook of poems and paintings.

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