In this funny, sobering, and always enlightening collection of essays, journalist William Wong comments on anomalies of the Asian-American experience. From its opening tribute to the Oakland Chinatown of Wong's childhood to its closing tribute to Tiger Woods, "Yellow Journalist" portrays the many-sided legacies of exclusion and discrimination.
Writer and journalist William Wong has been regional commentator for "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and a columnist for the "San Francisco Examiner," "Oakland Tribune," and "Asian Week," among other publications.
Series Foreword by Darrell Y. Hamamoto Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Hometown: In the Shadow of San Francisco American Dream, Chinatown Branch A "Manong" with Magical Hands 2. Family: From Agrarianism to Cyberspace Finding Sacred Ground Traditions: Old and New "Rock On, Mr. President" 3. History: From Exclusion to Confusion Conquering Frontiers and Barriers Wong Is an American Name The "Forgotten Holocaust" Healing Wounds, or Opening Them? The Price of Memories 4. Immigration: Huddled Masses Still Searching for Gold Mountain Second-Class Citizenship Downsize Your SUV Se Habla English 5. Identity and Acculturation: Visibility Invisible A State of Mind So That's Why I Can't Lose Weight Yellow Chic A Tumultuous World in Transition "We Lost a Country" Who's a Bonehead Now? Paradise Lost Minnesota Chow Mein Best Friend or Best Meal? Violating the Crustacean Creed Parenting, Chinese Style The American Nightmare 6. Anti-Asian Racism: Forever Foreigner "The Boat People Own Everything" Learning from the Vincent Chin Case Escaping Racism: No Way Out The Golden State of Bigotry Swastikas in the Sunset Un-American Christians I Am a Gook 7. Class: Yin and Yang Picking on the Most Vulnerable New Global Capitalists An Obnoxious Status Quest The Rich Can Be Nice Too Exploiting Our Own 8. Affirmative Action: The Myth of Meritocracy Between a Rock and a Hard Place Calling for Magician Administrators The Selfish Versus the Altruists When Values Collide 9. Gender: He Said, She Said The "Hottest" Dating Trend Special Assets Hiding Behind a Cultural Defense The Hero of Asian Men 10. Race Relations: Why Can't We All Get Along? Just Who Is the Victim Here? Playing Together Plenty of Blame to Go Around Middleman Myopia Yellow Pride Versus Multiculturalism Beyond Black and White 11. Politics: A Seat at the Table Right Man, Wrong Time Race and Ideology: Bumping into Each Other An Asian American "Mr. Fixit" Riding a Yellow Wave A Common Human Affliction A Question of Loyalty Trolling for the Big Fish Scientific Scapegoat 12. Crime: Bang, Bang, You're Dead "It Makes You Feel Special" The Model Minority Criminal Born to Kill Boyish Appeal 13. Stars: I AM Somebody Colorblind Casting Forbidden in More Ways Than One The Connie Chung Syndrome Kowtowing to the Queen Disposable Commodities Mercenaries The Politics of a Bond Film Money Talks The News Media: Only Getting Part of It Everybody's Child Publication Credits Index
"For three decades, William Wong has been America's most energetic and entertaining chronicler of the Asian diaspora and its effects on politics, culture, business, sports, dress, diet, and language. Like other great humorists, he exposes the painful absurdities that plague each new wave of immigrant families as they enrich the national character, from Wong's own adventurous parents to Tiger Woods. Some of these pieces offer surprising insights on geopolitics and others explore the legal and social consequences of racial discrimination, but my favorites are the playful essays, including the classic 'So That's Why I Can't Lose Weight.' " --Jay Mathews, Washington Post reporter and columnist, and author of Class Struggle "One of the advantages of having a writer of Bill Wong's talent around is that we don't have to depend upon intermediaries and go-betweens to give us insights about issues affecting Asian-Americans. He is often entertaining, and ironic, but underneath it all is a serious mind devoted to shattering myths about one of our fastest growing minorities." --Ishmael Reed, author of The Reed Reader "It is about time that America meet William Wong--an icon in journalism whose experience as a second generation Chinese-American has given him a unique lens through which life in America can be examined. For almost two decades, his columns in the Oakland Tribune and other San Francisco bay area newspapers have captured a different kind of reality about some of our most important social, cultural, and political moments. Wong's readiness to share his family, his community, and his conscience allows readers to cross a bridge into the world of Asian America. Whether it is an analysis of the 1996 campaign finance scandals or a perspective on how parent pressures and bi-cultural conflicts can play out in a young Asian American teen's life, Wong's skillful weaving of humor, irony, and poignant portrayals of the circumstances make each story linger long past the final sentence of his essay." --Angela E. Oh, Lecturer/Former Advisory Board Member, President's Initiative on Race "...an anthology of Wong's best writing from the last decade and a half, covering an impressive array of topics and tone." --Asianweek
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