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Charlie Chan Is Dead An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction

Jessica Hagedorn, Editor NEW YORK: PENGUIN BOOKS, 1993 XXX + 569 PAGES This jumbo anthology does not limit its purview to short stories, for it includes excerpts from such well-known Asian-American novels as Maxine Hong Kingston’s Tripmaster Monkey and Joy Kogawa’s Itsuka. On the other hand, quite a few of the selections come from the pen of relative newcomers to fiction writing, such as graduate students. Familiar North American backdrops and colloquialisms are sprinkled throughout the ap...

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