“Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers: How a Literary Origin Story Began with a Shout” via asianamericanwriting.com

My “Aiiieeeee!” origin story is out online on the Asian American Writing website. Forty-five years later the new edition of the landmark anthology has been published by the University of Washington Press with a new Foreward by Tara Fickle.

Read an excerpt:

“Think about that for a second. No Asian American literary organizations, no Asian American studies classes, no subject category in the library under “Asian American Literature,” no Google. In fact, it didn’t even occur to me to ask the damn question, “Are there any Asian American writers?” until I was 20 years old and unpublished myself. When I went to my American literature professor at Berkeley and asked him, he said there weren’t any Asian American writers.

To make a long story short, I did not believe him and decided to begin a search.”


Read the article.


Published on 07 December, 2019      |