American Dragons by Laurence Yep
Twenty-Five Asian American Voices

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Master storyteller Laurence Yep has collected 25 short stories, poems, and excerpts from plays about the crises and questions faced by Asian American teenagers. The contributors include such published authors as Maxine Hong Kingston, Darrell Lum, and Bill Wu, as well as brand-new writers.

About Laurence Yep

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Laurence Yep, born in 1948 in San Francisco, is a well-known writer of fiction for young adults. He has also written and edited several works for adults. Yep was educated at Marquette University and holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Yep is Chinese American. He grew up in a black neighborhood in San Francisco, attended school in Chinatown, and later attended a predominately white high school. Much of the subject matter for his work comes out of his experiences trying to establish his own identity as a child and teenager. He writes about the experience of the "outsider" or "alien" and perhaps that is why his first writing was science fiction. Sweetwater, his first novel, was published in 1973 and is a work of science fiction. His second work Dragonwings published in 1975 is widely acclaimed. This is a work of historical fiction that deals with the Chinese American experience of the 1930's when many immigrants came to this country. Yep has gone on to write many other stories about Chinese Americans. He has also written mysteries, two of which have as the main character Mark Twain as a reporter in San Francisco. Yep has written fantasy works such as Shadow Lord and Kind Hearts and Gentle Monsters. Yep has won numerous awards for his work included a Book-of-the-Month-Club Writing Fellowship in 1970, the prestigious Newbery Medal Honor Book, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award several times.
Published June 1, 1993 by Harpercollins Childrens Books. 237 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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A much-needed (if uneven) collection of stories and poems plus an excerpt from a one-man show, developed while Yep taught in Asian-American studies at the University of California.

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``If there is one animal that is synonymous with Asian mythology and art--and the heart--it is the dragon,'' writes Yep ( The Rainbow People , Drag on wings ), who adds that when Asians came to America, ``these dragons left their tracks as they wandered into .

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