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      (Click HERE to return to the top of the "Writers Section"")
  • IRIS CHANG (THE RAPE OF NANKING) - description of the 2nd worst human tragedy in history where in 1937, when Japan invaded China, it took the city of Nanking (then the capital of China). Within a matter of 6 weeks, 300,000 Nanking residents were brutally/sadistically slaughtered by Japanese troops, including beheadings, being nailed to walls, roasted or buried alive, etc. They even had a competition on how many Chinese people they will kill! Tens of thousands of Chinese wwomen were raped, and subsequently in similar fashion: slaughtered disembowlment, and other unspeakable tortures. Her latest book is The Chinese in America: A Narrative History. She died in January 2005.
  • JUNG CHANG - Chinese-born writer; came to England as a student and was the first person from Communist China to receive a PhD from a British institution (York University); author of the best-selling story of her family: Wild Swans - three daughters of China (1992), winner of numerous awards.
  • LAN SAMANTHA CHANG - A Harvard University professor and award-winning fiction author who specializes in stories of Chinese Americans, was named director of the nation's most prestigious writing program in 2005, the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop.
  • KEN FONG (PURSUING THE PEARL) - Prominent Asian American pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church writes of his vision.
  • YU HUA - one of the most prominent writer in China, whose works has just been translated to English
  • JANE HYUN - Wrote ""Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians" that takes on the daunting task of explaining and exposing myths about Asian employees while offering self-assessment exercises to identify fortes. Chapter topics range from the pragmatic lessons about mastering the face-to-face interview to more thoughtful exercises about how to be true to yourself.
  • KAZUO ISHIGURO - Has written 6 novels by 2005 (Never Let Me Go) and won the Booker Prize in 1989 for his chilling rendition of a bootlickingly devoted but morally blank English butler, The Remains of the Day.
  • GISH JEN - A major theme in her work is that identity is fluid and that traditional definitions of identity based on skin color and geographical origin no longer apply in today's America.
  • JI-LI JIANG (RED SCARLET GIRL) - She writes the stories of life in China
  • HA JIN - Boston University professor is part of an elite club of authors who are two-time winners of the prestigious PEN/Faulkner award.
  • MAXINE HONG KINGSTON - She was born in Stockton, California to first generation Chinese immigrants, Tom and Ying Lan Hong. Tom and Ying Lan and was the eldest of six children born in the United States. From a young age Kingston was drawn to writing. In 1962 Kingston married Earll Kingston an actor and began a career in teaching high school. After relocating to Hawaii in 1967 Maxine began writing extensively finally completing and publishing her first novel, "The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood among Ghosts." Her works often reflect on her cultural heritage and blend fiction with non-fiction. Among her works are The Woman Warrior (1976), awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and China Men (1980), which was awarded the 1981 National Book Award. She has written one novel, Tripmaster Monkey, a story depicting a character based on the mythical Chinese character Sun Wu Kong. Her most recent books are To Be The Poet and The Fifth Book of Peace. She was awarded the 1997 National Humanities Medal by President of the United States Bill Clinton. Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, and William Carlos Williams have served as inspirational influences toward her work, shaping her analysis of gender studies. Concerning the importance of Walt Whitman's vision of a new kind of human being that was going to be formed in this country¡ although he never specifically said Chinese¡ (ethnic Chinese) - I'd like to think he meant all kinds of people.
  • PETER KWONG & DUSANKA MISCEVIC - their book tells the story of Chinese immigrants, racism, prejudices, etc.
  • JHUMPA LAHIRI (INTERPRETER OF MALADIES) - Jhumpa Lahiri Vourvoulias (born Nilanjana Sudeshna in 1967) is a contemporary Indian American (Bengali) author based in New York City. She was born in London, England in July 1967, and brought up in South Kingstown, Rhode Island where she would go on to graduate from South Kingstown High School. Her parents, a teacher and a librarian, taught her about her Bengali heritage from an early age. Lahiri received her B.A. in English literature from Barnard College in 1989. She then received multiple degrees from Boston University: an M.A. in English, an M.A. in Creative Writing, an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. She took up a fellowship at Provincetown's Fine Arts Work Center, which lasted for the next two years (1997-1998). In 2001, she married Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, a journalist who was then Deputy Editor of Time Latin America. Lahiri currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. She has been a Vice President of the PEN American Center since 2005. Lahiri taught creative writing at Boston University and Rhode Island School of Design. Much of her short fiction concerns the lives of Indian-Americans, particularly Bengalis. As a collection of nine distinct short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri's debut, addresses sensitive dilemmas in the lives of Indians or Indian immigrants. The stories' themes include marital difficulties, miscarriages, and the disconnection between first and second generation immigrants in the United States. The stories are set in the northeastern United States, and in India, particularly Calcutta.
  • C.Y. LEE - C. Y. Lee's work and career, however, have been largely overlooked because of the reception of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, which many observers felt perpetuated Orientalist stereotypes of Asians. Although Lee's novel was a New York Times bestseller, it quickly went out of print and rarely appeared on university reading. lists. C. Y. Lee is the author of eleven novels and a collection of short stories, many of which have been translated into several languages. He is first and foremost a superb storyteller, a raconteur with a keen eye for detail and the vagaries of human behavior: his stories are informed by wit, humor, and a canny knowledge of Chinese and American culture. On a more serious level, Lee's work analyzes the effects of history on the lives of individuals and families, a dimension perhaps best exemplified in Cripple Mah and the New Order, The Second Son of Heaven, China Saga, and Gate of Rage. Significantly, especially for a writer who has called the United States home for most of his life, many of Lee's novels are set in his ancestral homeland, China. Lee enjoys an international readership and his interest in the Chinese diaspora suggests his thoroughgoing cosmopolitanism, a sensibility ahead of his time and very much in syne with ours.
    CHANG-RAE LEE - Award-winning author who wrote the books "Native Speaker" and "A Gesture Life." Another Princeton associate, C.K. Williams, who recently won the National Book Award for poetry, said Lee is "really an astonishing prose stylist, and that's a gift you can't make for yourself. It's talent."
  • GUS LEE - his stories (seen in books such as Tiger's Tail, China Boy and Honor & Duty) are exemplary of how American postmodern literature bears little resemblance to the fragmented and, in some cases, ghettoized literature of the recent past.
  • MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE - Author of four young adult novels, including Finding My Voice and Saying Goodbye, graduated from Brown University. She has received an O. Henry honorable mention, the Best Book Award from the Friends of American Writers and a Best Book for Reluctant Readers citation from the American Library Association.
  • YIYUN LI - written stories for New Yorker/Paris Review, won the Pushcart Prize/Plimpton Prize for New Writers and signed to Random House
  • KATHERINE MIN - "Secondhand World" is about many things: immigrant alienation, marital rifts, war, vanity, murder and guilt. But at its core, the novel — told from the perspective of a young Korean American woman looking back on her troubled childhood — is a meditation on the sometimes punishing nature of memory. Because sometimes the past is more vibrant and alive than the everyday grind, and the present merely secondhand. This "pretty novel" is not so ambitious that it alters the reader's perception of reality in any measurable way; the story may even be familiar. Rather, it's beguiling in a simple and accessible manner, like a young woman crossing the street who might turn your head. A pretty novel offers well-drawn, vulnerable characters who resonate, and it may be shot through with sentences so perfectly told that you may find yourself flipping back through the pages to experience, again, how the words rock inside your ear and roll off your inner tongue. A pretty novel with something to say? That's an accomplishment that this writer accomplished.
  • HARUKI MURAKAMI - On course to becoming the most widely read Japanese writer outside Japan in places such as China & South Korea - past or present through novels such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, Tony Takitani and After the Dark.
  • AN NA - winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults.
  • FAE MYENNE NG (BONE) - She's received many highly acclaimed awards for Bone (story of her childhood in San Francisco's Chinatown).
  • BICH MINH NGUYEN - Nguyen credits at least part of her work to the examples of Asian- American writers before her. Like other bookish girls, she spent her childhood and teenage years reading the usual American and British writers: Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen. Great role models, especially if you aspire to be a 19th-Century lady.
  • JOHN OKADA - His No-No Boy (1957) was the first novel published by a U.S.-born Japanese American and the first Japanese American novel published in the United States.
  • LINDA SUE PARK - winner of the 2002 John Newberry and Randolph Caldecroft Medals - the most prestigious awards in children literature.
  • Lisa See, author Snowflower and the Secret Fan, tells us a Chinese ghost story and discusses her latest novel, Peony in Love.
    LISA SEE - She is prominent author who was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles, spending much of her time in Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa's great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles's Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family. Her first novel, Flower Net (1997) became a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and on the Los Angeles Times Best Books List for 1997. Flower Net was also nominated for an Edgar award for best first novel.
  • Lisa See Books
    On Gold Mountain
    Shanghai Girls
    Peony in Love
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Flower Net: A Red Princess Mystery
    Dragon Bones: A Red Princess Mystery
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    This was followed by two more mystery-thrillers, The Interior (2000) and Dragon Bones (2003), which once again featured the characters of Liu Hulan and David Stark. Ms. See was the Publishers Weekly West Coast Correspondent for thirteen years. As a freelance journalist, her articles have appeared in Vogue, Self, and More, as well as in numerous book reviews around the country. She helped develop and curate the Family Discovery Gallery at the Autry Museum, an interactive space for children and their families that focuses on Lisa's bi-racial, bi-cultural family as seen through the eyes of her father as a seven-year-old boy living in 1930s Los Angeles.
  • DAI SIJIE - Chinese-born filmmaker and novelist who has lived and worked in France since 1984. His first novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, was an overnight sensation; it spent twenty-three weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His 2005 book is "Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch."
  • ICY SMITH (THE LONELY QUEUE) - this Hong Kong native was born Sui Bing Tang. She is also a corporate communications professional specializing in Asian-American markets. Her widely acclaimed bi-lingual book is on the forgotten 150 years history of the courageous Chinese Americans in Los Angeles through photographs, drawing and paintings “with the intimacy of a family album and the authority of a historical monograph."
  • AMY TAN (JOY LUCK CLUB) - (born February 19, 1952) is an American writer of Chinese descent who wrote the book that spawn the movie "Joy Luck Club" - along with "The Opposite Side of Faith" and others. Her 2006 book is "Saving Fish from Drowning." She has written two children's books: The Moon Lady (1992) and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (1994), which was turned into an animated series airing on PBS. She has also appeared on PBS in a short spot encouraging children to write.
  • MONIQUE TROUNG - author of the book "The Book of Salt."
  • LOUNG UNG (KILLING FIELDS) - Born in 1970 to a middle-class family in Phnom Penh. Five years later, her family was forced out of the city in a mass evacuation to the countryside. By 1978, the Khmer Rouge had killed Loung's parents and two of her siblings. In 1980, she and her older brother escaped by boat to Thailand, where they spent five months in a refugee camp. They relocated to Vermont through sponsorship by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Holy Family Church parish in Burlington. Her books share her tales via a chilling story of a family's trials of surviving Cambodia's "Killing Fields." Another of her other acclaimed books include "First They Killed My Father." Her latest book is "Lucky Child."
  • JEANIE WAKATSUKI (FAREWELL TO MANZANAR) - Prominent Japanese American author writes a book that is used in high schools and colleges as the standard text on the Japanese American internment camps circumstances.
  • WAYNE HUNG WONG (MAR YING WING) - Wayne Hung Wong wrote the book "American Paper Son" based on his own personal experiences as sons of Americans.
  • HISAYE YAMAMATO (17 SYLLABLES & OTHER STORIES) - "Seventeen Syllables" is a story about a Nisei girl who is coming of age at the same time as her mother, a writer of haiku, is blossoming as an artist.
  • RAE YANG (SPIDER EATERS) - a classical Chinese story is told
  • JUDY YUNG (UNBOUND FEET) - expert and award-winning author on the history, roles, attitudes of Chinese American women.
PUBLISHERS       (Click HERE to return to the top of the "Writers Section"") COLUMNISTS       (Click HERE to return to the top of the "Writers Section"")
  • GUY KAWASAKI - CNN columnist is an entrepreneur, an author and the chief executive of Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital investment bank for tech firms who will provide expert answers about starting a business.
EDITORS       (Click HERE to return to the top of the "Writers Section"")
  • SAMANTHA CHANG - As a Senior Editor, she had overseen business and legal coverage and contributes a legal column to Billboard Magazine.
  • HOWARD CHUA-EOAN - News Director for TIME.
  • Bill & Alice Hosokawa

    R.I.P. (11/09/08) - He was born in Seattle in 1915, the son of immigrants from Hiroshima who came to the West Coast in the early 1900s. After graduating from high school in 1932, he enrolled at the University of Washington, where he majored in journalism. He worked from 1939 to 1941 with English-language Singapore Herald, Shanghai Times and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

    In 1941, he went to work in Seattle for the Japanese American Citizens League, which was trying to fight the federal government's evacuation of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. In 1942 Hosokawa and his family were among the more than 110,000 Japanese Americans uprooted from their homes and sent to internment camps scattered in several Western states.

    In 1950 Hosokawa became one of the first Asian American foreign correspondents when he covered the Korean War for the Post; he later reported from Japan and Vietnam. For 50 years, he also wrote a column for the Pacific Citizen, the official newspaper of the Japanese American Citizens League.

    BILL HOSOKAWA - the former Denver Post editor was incarcerated in a World War II relocation camp (Camp Harmony & Heart Mountain in Wyoming) because of his heritage and bucked the prejudice of the era to build a distinguished career as a journalist and chronicler of the Japanese American experience. Hosokawa was for many years the highest-ranking Asian American journalist in the nation. He also served for 25 years as Japan's honorary consul general in Colorado. He wrote 10 books, including "Nisei: The Quiet Americans" (1969), which explained the struggles faced by Japanese immigrants and their children and awakened many Japanese Americans to their heritage. Novel offended younger activists exposed to Asian American empowerment movements in the 1960s and '70s, who said the book's "Quiet Americans" subtitle contributed to the stereotype of Asians as passive, model minorities.
  • JEANNIE KIM - Senior Editor of People Magazine
  • JANICE MIN - Editor-in-Chief for US Weekly
  • JOE ZEE - the former fashion director of W Magazine - while becoming a prominent fashion stylists - became the editor of Fairchild’s magazine Vitals' editor in 2003. The publication will publish issues in September and December of 2004.

JOURNALISTS       (Click HERE to return to the top of the "Writers Section"")
  • JEFF CHANG - He's a hip-hop historian who spun hip-hop records at Berkeley's KALX and continues to define hip-hop as a movement with goals greater than the pursuit of "bling." He co-founded an influential record label and the magazine ColorLines. He writes about hip-hop for numerous publications and wrote the book Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation in 2005.
  • LIZABETH CHO - This two-time Emmy-nominated journalist (whose background is Austro-Hungarian/Korean) has covered everything from the final days of the Clinton impeachment trial to the Columbine High School massacre.
  • PEARL FUYO GASKINS - this award-winning journalist (whose mother is Japanese and her father is European-American) has been interviewing young people and writing about the issues that concern them--from prejudice and peer pressure to divorce and drug abuse.
  • DEBORAH KONG - National writer for The Associated Press, specializing in minority issues
  • K.W. LEE - has worked 25 years at the Sacramento Union until an illness curtailed his activities. In 2002, he will be 74 and the undisputed "dean of Asian American journalists." He was a Korean immigrant man doing mainstream reporting in the South in the 1950s, when Jim Crow laws segregated the races. Within Asian American activist circles, K.W. Lee is best known and revered for his investigative journalism in the Chol Soo Lee case who was falsely convicted of a San Francisco Chinatown murder in 1973. The Chol Soo Lee case was the basis of a Hollywood movie, True Believer, starring James Woods playing defense attorney Tony Serra.
  • JOANN LEE (ASIAN AMERICAN ACTORS) - Director of Journalism at Queens College SUNY and former CNN broadcast journalist writes about the plight of Asian American actors.
  • CLAIRE LEKA - this Business Reporter (who is half Filipino and half German/Irish descent) for CNN's affiliate feed service CNN Marketsource reports daily from the New York Stock Exchange for CNN affiliate stations. She also produced and reported general assignment stories for Reuters and ABC NewsOne.
  • MICHELLE MALKIN - Michelle (Maglalang) Malkin, born to Filipino immigrants, worked at The Daily News, the Seattle Times, etc. writing columns with conservative perspectives. She has written books such as Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores and the controversial book "In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror."
  • BEN FONG-TORRES - renown and acclaim rock journalist who came to fame at the Rolling Stone Magazine
  • TRACY QUAN - She placed her career as an elite Manhattan prostitute on hold to become a writer of a popular Salon.Com column chronicling the adventures of fictional call girl Nancy Chan that grew into this reality-based novel.
  • SREENATH SREENIVASAN - Former AAJA Board member Sreenath Sreenivasan succeeded Ari Goldman as Dean of Students at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 2005. Sree is a professor of journalism at Columbia and an expert on convergence journalism - teaching journalists to work in multiple media formats such as print, TV, radio and online.
  • WILLIAM WONG - Oakland-based writer of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America, past commentator on Jim Lehrer's PBS regional commentator, contributes to the San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, Asian Week,, and other news outlets.


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