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Yellow: Stories Paperback – May 17, 2002
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Lee's book avoids immigrant narratives focusing instead on the lives of Asian-Americans who experience themselves as "American" without the carrying the complex weight of moving from one country to another. While one may encounter shadows of post-diasporic experience in the stories, "Casual Water" and "Yellow", Lee does not preoccupy readers with plot lines most often associated with the work of more commonly known Asian-American writers.
Instead, he illustrates well the various issues assimilated Asian-Americans face as they live in a country where occasionally, they are reminded of their immigration status, regardless of whether they have been born in the United States. For Lee, race politics includes a Chinese thug who questions his Korean-American attorney about his white girlfriend in "Voir Dire", presuming that a white girlfriend automatically indicates a form of race treachery. Annie Yung, in the delightful, "Lone Night Cantina", assumes a cowgirl identity only to find herself facing the problems with assuming an identity that is not authentic to her person.
Some Asian-American students will react to Yellow by arguing that they do not find Lee's characters "Asian" enough which begs the question: What does it mean to be Asian/Asian-American and what are the risks of narrowly-defining characteristics that ultimately lead to essentialism.Read more ›
I found "The Price of Eggs in China" to be the most fun story, full of lovely twists and great detail about the making of furniture. "Casual Water" was the most heartbreaking, a sad story about two boys abandoned by both parents. Really, there isn't a weak story in this entire book. It's unfortunate that Yellow probably won't get past the typical Asian-American reader, because this book is quite universal in many respects, much like Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies.
Oh well. Maybe not every Joe and Jane Doe will read it, but here's one reader who's a much happier person for having read this wonderful collection.
My favorite stories are "Casual Water", about two young boys struggling to make a living after abandoned by their parents; and "Yellow", about a successful Korean consultant's internal struggle with his indentity and the cultural differences. For me, they are very moving and insightful.
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I love Don Lee's writing voice... he focuses on the inner lives of the characters, rather than dialogue, while still filling the plot of each short story with a good amount of... Read morePublished 3 days ago by sc198
It contains the best short stories after Maugham's. The many of the images are haunting and beautiful. Read morePublished 17 months ago by cathi8op
After reading Yellow: Stories, Lee is on the top of my list as a great fiction writer. Although I have a BA in Engl. Read morePublished on April 5, 2007 by T. Rucker
This is really just a comment, but after reading the story "Yellow" a few years ago I had to wonder how autobiographical it was, the reason being that the main character, Danny,... Read morePublished on January 27, 2006 by DizzyCicero
I am proud to choose this book for my first Amazon review. No plot summaries or style examinations here... Read morePublished on September 9, 2002 by Sattva
This collection of short stories is written about Asian Americans, but is not *for* only Asians. I think anyone of any race can identify with the issues these characters go... Read morePublished on August 13, 2001 by Cindy Lee