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Allen Say

Allen Say  

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(1937–), Asian American children's author and illustrator born in Yokohama, Japan, to a Korean father and an American Japanese mother. Say's parents divorced when he was twelve, at which time ...
Bette Bao Lord

Bette Bao Lord  

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(1938–), Chinese-born author of fiction and nonfiction. Lord left China in 1946 when her engineer father worked for the Chinese nationalist government in New York. China's move to communism ensured ...
Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee  

(1940– ),American novelistand short-story writer, born in Calcutta, educated at the universities of Calcutta, Baroda, and Iowa, where she obtained her doctorate in 1969. She has held many academic ...
Cathy Song

Cathy Song  

(1955– ),Hawaiian poet, born in Honolulu, Hawaii; she grew up in the small sugar town of Wahaiwa, and was educated at the University of Hawaii, Wellesley College, and Boston University. ...
Chinese American Writing

Chinese American Writing  

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A literature defined by the ethnicity of its authors leads to complications as various as human vagaries. Intermarriage, for example, results in hybrids who are of two ethnicities. Which one ...
Cynthia Kadohata

Cynthia Kadohata  

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(1956–), American writer whose first novel, The Floating World (1989), is a coming-of-age story narrated by twelve-year-old Olivia. It portrays Olivia’s Japanese American family, who roams around in ...
David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang  

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(b. 1957), playwright.America's preeminent Asian‐American playwright was born in Los Angeles, the son of Chinese immigrants, and attended Stanford and Yale before settling in New York, where his ...
Ethnic Consciousness Movement

Ethnic Consciousness Movement  

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Stereotypes of people of color in the United States that grew out of Euro-American racism toward and oppression of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicano/as, Latino/as, and Native Americans were ...
ethnicity

ethnicity  

A term for the ethnic group to which people belong. Usually it refers to group identity based on culture, religion, traditions, and customs. In some contexts, it is a “politically correct” term ...
Filipino-American Writing

Filipino-American Writing  

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Much of notable Filipino-American literary production in recent years must be credited to women writers. Ninotchka Rosca, Jessica Hagedorn, and Linda Ty-Casper have been the most active artists, and ...
Frank Chin

Frank Chin  

(1940– )American playwright and manager. After university Chin was a writer for King Broadcasting in Seattle and a lecturer in Asian-American studies. In 1972 he established a workshop in San ...
Immigrant Writing

Immigrant Writing  

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With the exception of the diverse indigenous peoples who have inhabited this land for eons, people living in the United States are all immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came ...
Janet Wong

Janet Wong  

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(1962–), American author. Born to a Korean mother and a Chinese father, Wong drew upon her Asian American background for her first two poetry collections, Good Luck Gold (1994) and ...
Japanese-American Writing

Japanese-American Writing  

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Japan's emigration policies and U.S. immigration laws targeted at Asians have shaped the contours of the Japanese-American population. Legal immigrants first arrived in Hawaii in 1868, when Japan's ...
Korean-American Writing

Korean-American Writing  

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A general overview of Korean-American women's writings immediately reveals how complex Korean-American history is and how diverse Korean-American experiences are, even though the population remained ...
Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston  

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(1940–),California-born author, resident in Hawaii as a schoolteacher, wrote The Woman Warrior (1976), a partly fictional work about her girlhood as it was affected by the beliefs of her Chinese ...
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rape  

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See heterosexuality; hubris; Sabini; sexuality; and E. M. Harris, Classical Quarterly 1990; S. Cole, Classical Philology 1984; S. Deacy and K. Pierce, Rape in Antiquity (1997).
Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Shirley Geok-lin Lim  

(1944– ),Malaysian poet, born and raised in Malacca, Malaya, educated at the University of Malaya, and Brandeis University in the USA. She has continued to live in America, with frequent ...
South Asian–american Women Writing

South Asian–american Women Writing  

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At this time in political history, the geographical-cultural area designated as South Asia consists of Bangladesh, India, the Maldive Islands, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan is sometimes ...
Southeast Asian American Food

Southeast Asian American Food  

Much of the food of Southeast Asia—Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam—is represented in the United States. In ...

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