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Charlie Chan Is Dead An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction

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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 approximately fifty selections, which read more like American literature with a mildly Asian flavor than like any particular Asian national literature.