Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction

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Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn
Penguin Books, 1993 - American fiction - 569 pages
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The writers included in this ground-breaking anthology are exhilarating in their differences: cultural backgrounds, age range, literary styles. From Jose Garcia Villa's minimalist "Untitled Story, " first published in 1933, to Meena Alexander's "Manhattan Music, " with its razor-sharp look at the hip downtown New York art scene of the troubled 1990s, their stories sweep across the twentieth century and across the range of Asian American experience. These characters make love, worry about the future, endure hardships. They audition for jobs as anchormen. They are displaced, assimilated, rebellious. They lie and cheat; they betray themselves and others. These are stories about Asian Americans, yes, but, finally, they are stories about life.

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These stories by 48 Asian American authors writing in English are from India, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Malaysia. Some are established writers (Carlos Bulosan, Diana Chang, Jessica Hagedorn, Gish ... Read full review

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Hagedorn is a poet, novelist, playwright, and performance artist.

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