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3. Selected Novels and Audio-visual Resources
Selected Asian American/Canadian Novels
Chong, Denise. The Concubine’s Children: Portrait of a Family Divided. Toronto: Penguin Books, 1994.
Jen, Gish. Typical American. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991.
Kadohata, Cynthia. The Floating World. New York: Viking, 1989.
Kim, Ronyoung. Clay Walls. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1987.
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976.
Kogawa, Joy. Obasan. Toronto: Lester and Orpen Dennys Ltd., 1981.
_____. Itsuka. New York: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1992.
Lai, Larissa. When Fox Is a Thousand. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1995.
Lee, Hellie. Still Life with Rice. New York: Touchstone, 1997.
Lee, Sky. Disappearing Moon Cafe. Vancouver: Douglas and McTyre, 1990.
Min, Anchee. Katherine. New York: Riverhead Books, 1995.
Ng, Fae Myenne. Bone. New York: Hyperion, 1993.
Sakamoto, Kerri. The Electrical Field. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 1998.
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. New York: Ivy Books, 1989.

_____. The Kitchen God's Wife. New York: Ivy Books, 1991.


_____. The Hundred Secret Senses. New York: Ivy Books, 1995.
Watanabe, Sylvia. Talking to the Dead and Other Stories. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Selected Films


Double Happiness. Produced by Mina Shum. Directed by Mina Shum. Fine Line Features First Generation Films Inc., & New Views. 87 min. Color. English and Chinese with English subtitles. Depicts the struggles of a “1.5 generation” (born in Hong Kong moving to Canada as a child) Chinese Canadian young adult with her first generation parents around career choice, dating, etc.
Four Women. Directed by Loni Ding. CrossCurrent Media, 1982. 30 min.

Interviews and stories of Korean, Japanese, Filipino, and Chinese American women.


Heaven & Earth. Produced by Oliver Stone. Directed by Oliver Stone. Warner Brothers. 142 min. Color. Based on the novels When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace by Le Ly Hayslip, this follows the life story of Phung Thi Le Ly from Vietnam to the United States.
The Joy Luck Club. Produced by Oliver Stone and Janet Yang. Directed by Wayne Wang. Hollywood Pictures. 139 min. Color. Based on the novel by Amy Tan, this movie follows the lives of four Chinese American women from their girlhood and young womanhood in China and their relationships with their American-born daughters after immigration to the United States.
Knowing Her Place. Directed by Indu Krishnan, Women Make Movies, 1990. 45 min.

The tensions and conflicts of a woman growing up in Indian and American cultures.


On New Ground. Directed by Loni Ding. CrossCurrent Media, 1982. 30 min.

The stories of Asian American women in traditionally male-dominated jobs: a welder, an investment banker, a pharmacist, and a police officer.


None of the Above. Directed by Erika Surat Andersen. USC. 23 min.

This is a documentary about people of mixed racial heritage based on the filmmaker’s own search for identity and community. We meet Erika of Indian and Danish heritage, Leslie, a young woman of Native American, African, and European ancestry, and Curtiss, whose mother is Japanese and father is African American, and Henrietta, whose family has been mixed for generations. Available from Filmakers Library. 124 East 40th Street, New York, NY 10016. Tel: 212-808-4980. Web www.filmakers.com.


Picture Bride. Produced by Kayo Hatto. Directed by Kayo Hatta. Miramax Films in association with Thousand Cranes. 95 min. Color. English and Japanese with English subtitles. Set in Hawaii in 1918, the film follows the story of Riyo Nakamura in her journey from Japan to marry a Matsuji, a sugar cane farmer in “the new world.”
The Stories of Maxine Hong Kingston. Films for the Humantities and Sciences. 52 min.

In this program with Bill Moyers, Kingston discusses new images of America as a “melting pot” where the dutiful notions of the Puritans blend with the Monkey Spirit of Asia to produce a new American consciousness. Films for the Humanities and Sciences 1-800-257-5126.


Surname Viet Given Name Nam. Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha. Women Make Movies, 1989. 108 min.

Vietnamese and Vietnamese American women’s lives using pastiche of interviews, still photos, historical film footage, music, and poetry.


Two Lies. Directed by Pan Tom. Women Make Movies, 1989. 25 min.

The effects of a woman’s eyefold surgery on her daughters. The racial dimension of beauty myth in American society.


Wild Swans – Jung Chang. Directed by Mischa Scorer. BBC Omnibus. 59 min.

The epic account of the lives of three generations of Chinese women captures the turbulent transformation of China in the 20th century. With archival and contemporary footage, this film brings to life the memories of Chang recorded in her best-selling autobiography, Wild Swans. Available from Filmakers Library.

To understand some of these novels and films better, the following books on Asian American/Canadian literature and history are recommended:
Aguilar-San Juan, Karin, ed. The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s. Boston: South End Press, 1994.

Chan, Sucheng. Asian Americans: An Interpretative History. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991.


Chao, Lien. Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English. Toronto: TSAR Publications, 1997.
Hong, Maria, ed. Growing up Asian American. New York: Avon Books, 1993.
Kim, Elaine H. Asian American Literature: An Introduction to the Writings and Their Social Context. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1982.
Kitano, Harry H. L., and Roger Daniels. Asian Americans: Emerging Minorities. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988.
Lim, Shirley Geok-lin, Mayumi Tsutakawa, and Margarita Donnelly, eds. The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology. Corvallis, OR: Calyx Books, 1989.
Ling, Amy. Between World: Women Writers of Chinese Ancestry. New York: Pergemon Press, 1990.
Silvera, Makeda, ed. The Other Woman: Women of Colour in Contemporary Canadian Literature. Toronto: Sister Vision-Black Women and Women of Colour Press. 1994.
Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. New York: Penguin Books, 1989.
Wong, Sau-ling Cynthia. Reading Asian American Literature: From Necessity to Extravagance. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.


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