• 384 pages
  • 7 x 10
  • Price: $44.95
  • EAN: 9781566398176
  • Publication: May 2000

Yellow Light

The Flowering of Asian American Arts

edited by Amy Ling

Amy Ling brings together in one comprehensive volume poets, novelists, dramatists, musicians, songwriters, composers, filmmakers, choreographers, and performance artists who span three generations and represent the broad spectrum of ethnicities that make up Asian America. They share thoughts on their work, their audiences, and their relationship to the Asian American rubric and American life and culture. They provide a rare glimpse of the inspirations and aspirations out of which their energy and ideas grow and place their work, each differently, in the complex fabric of American life. An indispensible anthology of work and an inspiring and provocative cultural record, Yellow Light casts a revealing glow on the contradictions, influences, imagination, and humanity expressed through the vastly varied creative projects of Americans with Asian roots.

This book will engage readers interested in Asian American literature, film, and culture and students and scholars of Asian American studies, American culture, and multicultural studies.

What is Asian America?
a place?
a race?
a frame of reference? a government-imposed expedient?
a box to check on a form?
It's a dream in the heart
Like Bulosan's claim,
a tug in the gut,
a gleam of recognition:
Asian ancestry
American struggle.

—Amy Ling


"Art serves as one tool by which members of the community define themselves, through accepting or rejecting part or all of an artist's vision.... No single artist can speak for the community; only the community of artists can serve such a function."
David Henry Hwang, Playwright

"The sensibility that we do share is not one that springs from our own cultures but from our shared experience of having our cultures misunderstood and lumped together."
Christine Choy, Filmmaker


"Although treating only Asian American artists, by inference this book goes far beyond that group, engaging the reader in questions about ethnicity of all persuasions. As such, this is a very telling work about conditions and aspirations of multicultural artistic populations. "

"...a valuable resource and an important marker of the state of Asian American creativity at the end of the twentieth century."
Journal of Asian American Studies

About the Author(s)

The late Amy Ling was Professor in the Department of English and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She authored numerous books, including Between Worlds: Women Writers of Chinese Ancestry and Chinamerican Reflections, a chapbook of poems and paintings.

In the Series

Asian American History and Culture

Founded by Sucheng Chan in 1991, the Asian American History and Culture series has sponsored innovative scholarship that has redefined, expanded, and advanced the field of Asian American studies while strengthening its links to related areas of scholarly inquiry and engaged critique. Like the field from which it emerged, the series remains rooted in the social sciences and humanities, encompassing multiple regions, formations, communities, and identities. Extending the vision of founding editor Sucheng Chan and emeriti editor Michael Omi, David Palumbo-Liu, K. Scott Wong and Linda Trinh Võ, series editors Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee continue to develop a foundational collection that embodies a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Asian American studies.