Shawn Wong & Tara Fickle
We welcome those attending and presenting at the 2020 Modern Language Association’s Annual Convention this week, and as part of the festivities, we’ll help celebrate another milestone: The publication of the Third Edition of Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers (published by University of Washington Press). This groundbreaking collection of writing by Asian Americans, was originally published in 1974 by Howard University Press. Forty-five years later the radical collection continues to spark controversy. While in the seventies it helped establish Asian American literature as a serious and distinct literary tradition, today the editors’ forceful voices reverberate in contemporary discussions about American literary traditions. Now back in print with a new foreword by literary scholar Tara Fickle, this third edition reminds us how Asian Americans fought for—and seized—their place in the American literary canon.
Frank Chin, Jeffery Paul Chan, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Shawn Wong are the editors of Aiiieeeee! and The Big Aiiieeeee! As members of the Combined Asian Resources Project (CARP), they were instrumental in rediscovering many previously underappreciated works, including America Is in the Heart, No-No Boy, Nisei Daughter, and other classics.
Tara Fickle is assistant professor of English at the University of Oregon, and is the author of The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities (NYU Press). Sean Wong, author of Homebase and American Knees, is Professor of English at the University of Washington. Lauded for his work with CARP in re-publishing John Okada’s classic novel, No No Boy in 1976, he has most recently lead the charge to recognize the Okada family’s ownership of copyright of the book in 2019. You might have missed the CARP meetings and the first edition of Aiiieeeee!, but you won’t want to miss this celebration of Asian American literature.