Yellow Light -- a groundbreaking collection in which Amy Ling brings together the thoughts and creative projects of forty world-renowned and newly emerging Asian American artists -- is the first book to present the words behind the words, images, and sounds of Asian American cultural production. Coming from the broad spectrum of ethnicities that make up Asian America, these artists not only provide a provocative cultural record and an indispensable anthology of creative expression, but also offer a rare glimpse of the inspirations and aspirations behind their art. Along with artists' candid discussions of their work through personal essays, interviews, and short biographies, Yellow Light also gathers in one volume a stunning array of fiction, poetry, drama, and music. Included are novelists C.Y. Lee and Maxine Hong Kingston; playwright David Henry Hwang; filmmaker Christine Choy; actor Garrett Richard Wang; and hip hop and rap artists Tou Ger Xiong and Jamez Chang. Follow the development of Asian American art through three generations and see how these individuals view their relationship to the Asian American rubric -- and to American life -- as they provide remarkable insight into the contradictions, influences, imagination, and humanity expressed through their vastly different creative projects.
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.
Acknowledgments Introduction: What's in a Name Part I: The Written Word C.Y. Lee, Novelist: The Short Story That Changed My Fate Kim Yong Ik, Novelist: "Home Again, 1945" (from Gourd Hollow Dance), From Elegy by Kim Udam Mitsuye Yamada, Poet: That Man, In Some Countries Diana Chang, Novelist and Poet: The Oriental Contingent Sook Nyul Choi, Memorist and Novelist: From Year of Impossible Goodbyes Maxine Hong Kingston, Memoirist and Novelist: From Tripmaster Monkey Peter Bacho, Novelist: A Family Gathering Arthur Sze, Poet: In Your Honor, The Redshifting Web Meena Alexander, Poet, Novelist, and Memoirst: Imagining Dora Darrell Lum, Fiction Writer and Playwright: Paint Garrett Hongo, Poet: Ministry: Homage to Kilauea David Mura, Poet, Memorist, and Performance Artist: The Colors of Desire Karen Tei Yamashita, Novelist: Siamese Twins and Mongoloids Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Poet and Fiction Writer: Clothes Kirin Narayan, Anthropologist and Novelist: "Firoze Ganjifrockwala" (from Love, Stars, and All That) Katherine Min, Poet and Fiction Writer: The Brick Stewart David Ikeda, Novelist: Roughie Part II: Images, the Spoken Word, Dance, and Music Flo Oy Wong, Artist: Made in USA: Angel Island Shhh, My Mother's Baggage, Baby Jack Rice Story: The Corner Beckoned Munio Makuuchi, Artist and Poet: From Lake Minidoka to Lake Mendota, Black Diamond, Rooting for Coal, Fairgrounds Called Camp Harmony?, Gathering the Lost Tribes under Blue-Spot-Tailed Golden Eagle Wings, Diane as Victory Garden - Even 1/16 "Japanese" Blood Ping Chong, Playwright: 98.6 - A Convergence in 15 Minutes Genny Lim, Poet and Playwright: From La China Poblana David Henry Hwang, Playwright: Trying to Find Chinatown Velina Hasu Houston, Playwright and Poet: From Tea Dwight Okita, Playwright and Poet: Richard Speck, Asian Men on Asian Men: The Attraction Dan Kwong, Performance and Installation Artist: "Song for Grandpa" (from Monkhood in 3 Easy Lessons) Slant, Performance Group: Richard Ebihara, Wayland Quintero, Perry Yung: "No Menus Please" (from Big Dicks, Asian Men), "Diary of a Paper Son" (from The Second Coming) Christine Choy, Filmmaker: Stills from Who Killed Vincent Chin? Renee Tajima-Pena, Filmmaker: Stills from America... or Honk if You Love Buddha Eric Koyanagi, Filmmaker: Stills from hundred percent Garrett Richard Wang, Actor: Response William David "Charlie" Chin, Musician, Composer, and Writer: Johnson's Store Chris Iijima, Lawyer, Singer, and Songwriter: Asian Song Nobuke Miyamoto, Dancer, Singer, and Songwriter: To All Relations/Mitakuye Oyasin, What is the Color of Love?, The Chasm Peggy Myo-Young Choy, Dancer and Choreographer: Response Jon Jang, Composer and Pianist: From Island: The Immigrant Suite Fred Ho, Musician and Composer: Response Jamez Chang, Hip-Hop and Rap Artist: Indiana Jones Chang, Longing for Home, Sai-i-ku, April 29 Ton Ger Xiong, Hip-Hop and Rap Artist: Go Hmong Boy Go Hmong Boy Go: A Rap, We Are Hmong: A Rap Permissions
"Yellow Light is an impressive undertaking that deserves recognition as an introduction to contemporary Asian American arts, and more importantly, as an exploration of the diversity of that community... [It] is a testament to the Asian American creative spirit and another step toward a new understanding of contemporary art." --MultiCultural Review "Although treating only Asian American artists, by inference this book goes far beyond that group, engaging the reader in questions about ethnicity of all persuasions. As such, this is a very telling work about conditions and aspirations of multicultural artistic populations. " --Choice "...a valuable resource and an important marker of the state of Asian American creativity at the end of the twentieth century." --Journal of Asian American Studies
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