Wednesday, June 7, 2006
a few random thoughts & some humble recommendations
When I was hired on the tenure track at my college, I searched in the library archives to find the first Asian American professor in the English department so I could ask if I could name a writing contest after her or him. I was a bit surprised to find that the first such professor wasn't hired in the 1960's, 70's, or even the 80's. It was me. And this was 1997.
Why isn't Vincent Chin taught in the (middle or high school) history books? Is there a legislator out there who could take this on?
If you would like a good read on race dynamics with an eye toward Asian Pacific Americans, I highly recommend Frank Wu's Yellow: Race in America and Beyond Black and White. Superb.
If you want to read a good book on problematic images of Asian Pacific Americans in print and visual media, I highly recommend M. Evelina Galang's Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images.
If you could care less about such issues, or if you are simply looking for a good summer novel, I recommend Daniel Chacon's and the shadows took him. But go back later and check out Wu or Galang. You'll be glad you did. By the way, Chacon is the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Fresno State in the fall, on leave from UTEP.