King-Kok Cheung

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Pangs of Love and Other Writings

By David Wong Louie; Afterword by King-Kok Cheung; Foreword by Viet Thanh Nguyen
University of Washington Press
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Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories

By Hisaye Yamamoto; Introduction by King-Kok Cheung
Rutgers University Press

Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories brings together nineteen stories that span Hisaye Yamamoto's forty-year career. It was her first book to be published in the United States. Yamamoto's themes include the cultural conflicts between the first generation, the Issei and their children, the Nisei; coping with prejudice; and the World War II internment of Japanese Americans.

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Words Matter

Conversations with Asian American Writers

Edited by King-Kok Cheung
University of Hawai‘i Press
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'Seventeen Syllables'

Hisaye Yamamoto

Edited by King-Kok Cheung
Rutgers University Press

Hisaye Yamamoto's often reprinted tale of a naive American daughter and her Japanese mother captures the essence the cultural and generational conflicts so common among immigrants and their American-born children. On the surface, "Seventeen Syllables" is the story of Rosie and her preoccupation with adolescent life. Between the lines, however, lurks the tragedy of her mother, who is trapped in a marriage of desperation. Tome's deep absorption in writing haiku causes a rift with her husband, which escalates to a tragic event that changes Rosie's life forever.

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