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Book Title: American Dragons: Twenty-five Asian American Voices|
The author of the book: Laurence Yep
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Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: September 7th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780064406031
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 515 KB
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I always felt like I was the only one who was "different" The only one who has to live up to two different sets of expectations. One with my family and the other with my friends. Never mix of these two because the consequences could be life-threatining, well, at least to me. However, after reading "American Dragons", it felt nice to not be "the only one".
I quite enjoyed this book because it contains many different smaller stories! Another reason is because I happen to have a double identity as well, so many of the stories were easy to connect with. Even if these double identities may not be from the same cultures as I am, I was still able to understand their struggles and found many solutions to problems of my own. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is that I was able to read not one but many stories written by different authors, therefore, I was able to get a good amount of different perspectives as well as cultural background and voices of their own.
My favorite story from this book would probably be “Stoplight” by Steve Chan-No Yoon. (spoliers) It’s about the author’s experience when he first arrived in LA as a child.
“The stupid children are the bad ones and the smart children are the saints” the author talks about how he thinks the Chinese way of comparing children is based on their grades and is very unfair. He also feels that it is quite hard to fit into the two societies because he has to live up to two completely different standards. Later on in the story the author meets a “friend” who has similar problems with him, the ending is quite unpredictable and leaves the reader shocked and something to think about. I would recommend this book to others who have similar double identities. However, if you happen to not come from these cultural backgrounds, many of these stories are still fascinating to read and not at all confusing!
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Read information about the authorBorn June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After troubling times during the Depression, he was able to open a grocery store in an African-American neighborhood. Growing up in San Francisco, Yep felt alienated. He was in his own words his neighborhood's "all-purpose Asian" and did not feel he had a culture of his own. Joanne Ryder, a children's book author, and Yep met and became friends during college while she was his editor. They later married and now live in San Francisco.
Although not living in Chinatown, Yep commuted to a parochial bilingual school there. Other students at the school, according to Yep, labeled him a "dumbbell Chinese" because he spoke only English. During high school he faced the white American culture for the first time. However, it was while attending high school that he started writing for a science fiction magazine, being paid one cent a word for his efforts. After two years at Marquette University, Yep transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz where he graduated in 1970 with a B.A. He continued on to earn a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975. Today as well as writing, he has taught writing and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara.
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