Asian American Literature

Laughing at identity woes

Since the handover, Hong Kong has faced an identity crisis like never before. We struggle to find our place in the 'one country, two systems' policy. We have a distinct dialect, culture and customs, but our voices are often drowned out by our guardians of the north.

Sunday, 22 April, 2012, 12:00am

Talk of the town

Broadway is without doubt one of the best things about New York. One out of every four visitors takes in a show, and the industry contributes about US$10 billion to the city's economy every year.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Film)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is about two sets of friendship between women in two different times in history.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Dual-time friendships blossom

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a movie about a friendship between two female friends- in two different times in history.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Sworn sisters for eternity

After reading Lisa See's 2005 novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, co-producers Florence Sloan and Wendi Murdoch were inspired to adapt it for the cinema. Both felt an emotional connection to the novel, since they are both ethnic Chinese.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Narrative misses its mark despite information overload

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See Bloomsbury

Lisa See packs more narrative action into three pages of Dreams of Joy than most novelists manage in several hundred.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

BOOK (1989)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan G.P. Putnam's Sons

On its release, Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club ignited a flowering of Asian-American writing on intergenerational themes, and a wave of interest in the genre that is still rippling through the world of publishing today.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

BOOK (1995)

Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee Riverhead Trade

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Hwang's need to hear his own work trumps audience satisfaction

Playwright David Henry Hwang's talk at the opening on Monday of the summer Institute of Arts and Humanities programme at the University of Hong Kong was a bit frustrating, because he kept getting interrupted by his own plays.

15 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Chinese-American dramatist to impart words of wisdom at HKU

Numerous Asian names have made it big in the fields of film, music, visual arts, books, architecture and even dance, but when it comes to the stage, Chinese-American David Henry Hwang is it.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

The reluctant celebrity

Spend even a few moments with Jhumpa Lahiri and you can sense her profound discomfort with her literary fame. But celebrity barged into the life of this softly spoken American-Bengali author the moment she took the Pulitzer Prize for her debut collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, at the age of 32.

27 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Knopf, HK$240

American author Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, 'Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children ... shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.'

15 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Using the stage to highlight roles of race and ethnicity

New York

At the age of 22, David Henry Hwang's debut play Fresh Off the Boat opened at the Public Theatre in the East Village and gained him acclaim from audiences and critics.

He told The New York Times: 'I write plays to claim a place for Asian-Americans' - a quote that became the headline for his profile in the newspaper.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Peony in Love

Peony in Love

by Lisa See

Bloomsbury, HK$181

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Brooklyn bridge

AS CHILDREN, Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan grew up several blocks away from each other in the New York borough of the Bronx. They were close friends and shared everything from toys and candy to secrets.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am