Yell-Oh Girls!: Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American

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Harper Collins, Jul 31, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 336 pages
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In this groundbreaking collection of personal writings, young Asian American girls come together for the first time and engage in a dynamic converstions about the unique challenges they face in their lives. Promoted by a variety of pressing questions from editor Vickie Nam and culled from hundreds of submission from all over the country, these revelatory essays, poems, and stories tackle such complex issues as dual identities, culture clashes, family matters, body image, and the need to find one's voice.

With a foreword by Phoebe Eng, as well as contributions from accomplished Asian American women mentors Janice Mirikitani, Helen Zia, Nora Okja Keller, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Elaine Kim, Patsy Mink, and Wendy Mink, Yell-Oh Girls! is an inspiring and much-needed resource for young Asian American girls.

 

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Contents

Finding the Way Home
5
DistanceTime and Wingspan
17
Family Trip
23
Reorienting the Self
25
Family Ties
43
Tainted
57
Daughter
63
Cultural Karma
69
Finding My Eyedentity
137
Breakup Notice
144
The Lawsuit
150
Ching Chang Chongf
166
S3 Chinglish
183
Orientation
199
Going Undercover
201
South Ason Girt Speak
216

Fried Fish
76
Funerof for Bryce
85
Furikafce
91
97
97
My Mothers Food
104
China Doll
117
for body
123
For Those Who Love Yellow Girls
129
Finding My Voice
231
One in Front of the Other
248
The Revolution
261
Waving Fans
269
Coalition Building Among People of Color
276
Model Minority Guilt
283
Epilogue
295
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Vickie Nam was most recently content/community producer at VOXXY, the L.A. -- based interactive network for girls. She was formerly managing producer at AsianAvenue.com, news team coordinator at Teen People, and editor in chief of Blue Jean Magazine. Her work has appeared in Seventeen, Jump, and KoreAM Journal. Vickie lives in Los Angeles.

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