Charlie Chan Is Dead by Jessica Hagedorn
An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction

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The writers included in this ground-breaking anthology are exhilarating in their differences: cultural backgrounds, age range, literary styles. From Jose Garcia Villa's minimalist "Untitled Story, " first published in 1933, to Meena Alexander's "Manhattan Music, " with its razor-sharp look at the hip downtown New York art scene of the troubled 1990s, their stories sweep across the twentieth century and across the range of Asian American experience. These characters make love, worry about the future, endure hardships. They audition for jobs as anchormen. They are displaced, assimilated, rebellious. They lie and cheat; they betray themselves and others. These are stories about Asian Americans, yes, but, finally, they are stories about life.

About Jessica Hagedorn

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Hagedorn is a poet, novelist, playwright, and performance artist.
Published December 1, 1993 by Penguin Books. 592 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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If there's bias here, it's a slight tilt toward the Philippines and to writers from the vibrant Bay Area multicultural scene: varying quality but largely inclusive--though surely needing an update soon to include Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian- American voices.

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Cynthia Kadohata's domineering grandmother insists on telling inappropriate stories and affects the narrator so forcefully that the girl swears, ``Anything she does, I never will.'' Marilyn Chin's Moon is ``a little fat Chinese girl'' who is humiliated by two boys who urinate on her, and subseque...

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