Yellow Light - a collection in which Amy Ling brings together the thoughts and creative projects of forty world-renowned and newly emerging Asian American artists - is the first book to present the words behind the words, images, and sounds of Asian American cultural production. Coming from the broad spectrum of ethnicities that make up Asian America, these artists not only provide a provocative cultural record and an indispensable anthology of creative expression, but also offer a rare glimpse of the inspirations and aspirations behind their art. Along with artists' candid discussions of their work through personal essays, interviews, and short biographies, Yellow Light also gathers in one volume a stunning array of fiction, poetry, drama, and music.
Ling devised a set of questions on the Asian American experience and posed it to Asian writers, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and performance artists. Thirty-eight replied and found their way into this compilation, which is divided into two parts: one for writers and one for the rest. Ling (English, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) interviewed many of them, including Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, C.Y. Lee, Ping Chong, Christine Choy, and many emerging unknowns. These writers often refer to other Asians, such as Margaret Cho, Amy Tan, and Frank Chin, who are not interviewed. Because it is limited to Ling's questionnaire respondents, this compilation is uneven and somewhat odd in its inclusions and exclusions. Nevertheless, many of the interviews are interesting, and the excerpts from the authors' works are excellent. For larger public libraries.--Kitty Dean Chen, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.