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A Brief Overview of Asian American Literature

A brief overview of Asian American literature will be presented in this article. Topics will include: the Multi-dimensionality of Asian American Literature; the Transnational Era; the Influence of Japanese and Korean immigration on contemporary Asian American Literature; and the multi-generational nature of Asian American literary culture. Using examples from these works, we will further explore the subject of Asian American literature. We will also consider a few important literary movements in this region.

Multi-dimensionality of Asian American literature

The multi-dimensionality of Asian American literature is evident in the sheer scope of our cultural sensibilities and experiences. Our histories include migrations, wars, economic hardship, refugee camps, and ocean voyages. From China to Japan to the Philippines to South Korea, our literary works include a vast roll call of nations. Across our continent, we encounter a multitude of peoples, cultures, and languages. Across the ages, our writing captures the diversity of our experience and provides a vital space for literary discussion.

Despite the complexities inherent in Asian American literature, its multi-dimensionality is a vital part of its development. The emergence of Asian American writers and their literature has spurred a burgeoning field of literary study. While it is important to recognize the diversity of the literature of this group, it is equally crucial to recognize its emergence as a tradition and a growing body of literature. It is important to understand the nuances of literary practices that emerge from its multi-dimensionality and explore the implications of this development for the multicultural agenda.

Wong establishes the multi-dimensionality of Asian American literature by examining four motifs that emerge across sub-groups, historical periods, and ethnic boundaries. Wong argues that these motifs reflect the complexities of the lives and cultures of Asian Americans. Her book, Form and Transformation in Asian American Literature, is especially timely because it engages the topic of "impersonation" in Asian American literature and culture. By foregrounding the limits of subjectivity, Asian American writers insist on the importance of subjecthood.

In addition to addressing racial differences, Asian American literary studies must also engage in posthumanist critique. Posthumanism, meanwhile, focuses on race and racial dynamics on not-quite-human scales. The literature of this group can affirm the value of critical race theory in posthumanism. While some strands of posthumanism argue that race and difference are obselete, the relationship between the literary imagination and scientific development cannot be ignored.

Transnational era of Asian American literature

The transnational era of Asian American literature has produced radical shifts in the ethnic identity of the group and transformed the political landscape, and literary production as well. The laws of 1965 dispersed ethnic identity, creating a heterogeneous and stratified form, and producing a more diverse, yet essentialized, Asian American literature. The book provides an overview of major works of Asian American literature. In addition to the chronological treatment of major works, the book is divided into four thematic sections.

The book Mulberry and Peach: Two Women of China by Nie Hualing is a key work in the history of transnational Asian American literature. The novel engages Chinese identity and Chineseness, and narrates the history of Chinese migration to the US. The novel anticipates the growing interest in contextualizing the Asian American experience. It was published at a time when many Asian American writers and artists were articulating their own identities and voicing their concerns about the transnational era of Asian American literature.

The study of Asian American literature has seen a significant amount of growth in recent years. The vast majority of scholarship on Asian American literature is centered on contemporary works and texts from the 1990s and 2000s. Figure 1 shows the distribution of scholarly attention in the corpus. The literatures of emerging ethnic groups such as Cambodian and Pakistani Americans account for approximately 12% of the population, but they only receive 2% of the attention they deserve.

Likewise, the journal of Asian Studies also contains a section on transnational work. Since the advent of transnational studies, the term has become a cliche and has been used by scholars of diverse disciplines. However, this term is not without merit and deserves further scrutiny. In Asian American literature, the term has become a buzzword, a neologism that has been misused and diluted in some instances.

The transnational era of Asian American literature is exemplified by Kimiko Hahn, who engages with East Asian traditions in her poetry. In her translations of Ezra Pound's Chinese images, she critiques the assimilationist representation of Asian women and highlights the role of transcultural literature in Asian American culture. A key example of transcultural Asian American literature is Ezra Pound's Chinese translations, which are particularly problematic.

Influence of Japanese immigration on contemporary Asian American literature

The influence of Japanese immigration on contemporary Asian American literature is often discussed in relation to the history of the Japanese in the United States. Filipino American writer Carlos Bulosan's 1945 novel, America Is in the Heart, tells the story of a Filipino family forced to live in internment camps. He also faced racism, including signs in front of stores saying "No dogs." Another Asian American author, Japanese American author Hisaye Yamamoto, wrote a powerful memoir titled Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories about the hardships of a second-generation immigrant family.

In the early 20th century, Asian immigration to the United States soared. Despite the Chinese Exclusion Act, the need for cheap labor in the United States was still great. Asian immigrants filled this labor gap and produced literature that reflected the cultural and political struggles of Asian American communities. Throughout history, Japanese immigration to the United States has shaped the identity of the American people and their place in the world.

The impact of Japanese immigration on the history of contemporary Asian American literature can be traced back to the early years of the Japanese immigration in the United States. KCET, a Japanese television station in Southern California, has a great overview of early Asian American literature. The Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium at the University of Washington has an excellent article on the founding of the Japanese American Citizens League in 1929. This volume of essays is a comprehensive source of information on the influences of Japanese immigration on contemporary Asian American literature.

Yokohama, California by Alessandro Meregaglia is another excellent book on Japanese immigration on contemporary Asian American literature. It traces the experiences of Japanese immigrants in the United States during WWII and the aftermath. Despite the complex history of Japanese immigration, this novel is considered a classic of contemporary Asian American literature. The author is an archivist at Boise State University and has a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.

Influence of Korean immigration on contemporary Asian American literature

In the last decade, the field of Asian American literature has seen a significant resurgence of interest and scholarship. Although Filipino American literature has experienced a decline over the past few decades as other ethnic groups have gained attention in the field, Korean American literature has become the second most popular form of Asian American literature and has surpassed Japanese-American literature in popularity. Although Korean Americans represent only a small percentage of the overall Asian-American population, their numbers have steadily increased over the last decade.

Most early Korean immigrants emigrated to the U.S. West Coast and began working on sugar plantations, but quickly became dissatisfied with their living conditions. They took low-paying jobs such as gardeners, janitors, and railroad "gangs." Many of these workers eventually migrated to the mainland and settled in San Francisco. Others went further inland to work in coal mines and railroads.

The influence of Korean immigration on contemporary Asian American literature is also evident in the works of Younghill Kang. He wrote his first novel in 1930, The Grass Roof, and struggled to survive as an immigrant in New York and San Francisco. He went on to teach comparative literature at New York University, and later on, devoted himself to fighting racism and political oppression in his homeland and in the United States.

In recent years, the culture of Korea has become associated with materialism, wealth, and arrogance. While most Korean immigrants have grown up with little power in their homeland, many Korean Americans are still not used to participation in democratic processes. This has resulted in low levels of civic engagement, and Korean American communities have traditionally isolated themselves. Increasing participation in grass-roots organizations and U.S. government politics is slowly increasing.

In the nineteenth century, Korean immigrants migrated to the United States to escape persecution in their homeland. Three political refugees arrived in the United States in 1885, while five more arrived in the country in 1899. Though many of them were mistaken for Chinese, most Korean mission school students subsequently returned to their homeland. By the twentieth century, sixty-one Koreans immigrated to the United States, most of them emigrated to Hawaii.

David Fielder

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