Hailing by lineage or immigration from Asian posts such as Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, and India, the contributors to Making More Waves
are as well known as Lisa See (On Gold Mountain
) and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (The Mistress of Spices
), and as new to print as 16-year-old poet Juno Parrenas. The story "Summer of My Korean Soldier" and the essay "Hambun-Hambun" neatly mirror one another, and illustrate an experience shared by all of these writers: the sense of being an outsider. In polished or jagged prose, the authors recount their lives and dig into feminist issues such as violence against women in war and peacetime, sexuality, and the nexus of race, class, and gender. They deftly explore how being Asian in America shapes such concerns and casts up others.
From Library Journal
In this new anthology of writing by Asian American women, Kim, Lilia V. Villanueva, and Asian Women United of California expand considerably on Making Waves (Cornell Univ., 1993) to produce a wonderful collection of fresh new stories, poems, memoirs, and essays. Included are thought-provoking poems about discarded, unwanted babies and the ravages of war by established poets such as Chitra Divakarum (Black Candle, Calyx, 1991) and Kimiko Hahn (Unbearable Heart, Kaya Prod., 1995). Susan Ito, a new writer, movingly expresses the heart of being a "Hambun-Hambun" literally half-and-half: a white and Japanese child/woman in America. A scholarly excerpt from Sumi Cho's Critical Race Feminism (New York Univ., 1997) might be too erudite for the lay reader, but other eloquent reflections such as Nora Okja Cobb Keller's "The Brilliance of Diamonds"?the story of how she got her name?and Hershini Bhana's gripping poem about rape are further examples of the diversity in this book. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.?Janis Williams, Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
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