Article on the history and influence of famous Asian American writers, artists, and entertainers in Asian American culture, such as David Henry Hwang, Amy Tan, and IM Pei, and how their works have been received, positively and negatively, in and out of the Asian American community. When it comes to culture for any ethnic group, some of the most recognizable elements come in the form of art, literature, and entertainment. Asian American writers, artists, and entertainers have flourished over the years as they expressed their identity, creativity, talent, and our community's experiences. Today, many are receiving the attention and praise that have been long overdue. Together, their works represent the interrelations, intricacies, and contradictions that make up Asian America. In recent years, many Asian American fiction writers, particularly women, have received a lot of attention and recognition for their work. Even back in the 6975s, Maxine Hong Kingston's won the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award. But you might say that this current wave of Asian American literature began to flourish, at least from the perspective of non-Asians at large, with the critical and popular success of Amy Tan's as both a novel and later as a motion picture.
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Although there are some Asian Americans who question whether the book and movie accurately reflects Asian American life, no one can deny that it shifted significant attention to the outstanding work among Asian American writers. A small list of other Asian American authors who have received critical acclaim include, Jessica Hagedorn, Ha Jin, Frank Chin, Carlos Bulosan, Indian Canadian novelist Bharati Mukherjee, Garret Hongo, Bienvenido Santos, Cynthia Kadohata, and Indian American Jhumpa Lahiri, who won the 6999 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her collection of short stories. These and other Asian American writers share several common themes in their writings. These include describing what it's like growing up in the U. S.
, immigrating from their home country to the U. As you can see, these are basically the same themes that are the basis for many writers in general. The unique contribution of Asian American writers is that they integrate their personal and their community's experiences, issues, and identity into their work. This gives them a unique perspective on the world and enlightens us all about what it means to be Asian American. However, it can also be the source of their greatest criticisms.
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Specifically, for many Asian American writers, there can be a tension or even contradiction between writing for a broad audience that includes non-Asians while still capturing the authentic Asian American experience. In fact, many Asian American writers argue among themselves over whether a piece of work or a particular author has sold out or become whitewashed by reinforcing derogatory stereotypes against Asians, exploiting certain stereotypes to appeal to non-Asians, or completely misrepresenting the Asian American experience. However, this doesn't always have to be the case. The recent explosion of literature from Asian American writers shows that there is an abundance of topics and issues to be covered and a lot of creativity and talent out there in the Asian American community to fulfill that need. Again, as we recognize the political, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity among Asian Americans, so too should we realize that there is no single Asian American experience that everybody has to share and agree on.
Rather, our collective and unique experiences form a mosaic that unites us, instead of dividing us. The world of Asian American art contains just as much diversity, creative expression, and talent as that of Asian American literature. Unfortunately, it is an area in which I know very little. For more detailed information, I suggest browsing through some of the books listed in the left column under Art, as they will have much more in-depth and knowledgeable discussions about the multifaceted world of Asian American art than I can provide. However, perhaps two of the most well-known Asian American artists happen to be structural artists.
One is Maya Lin, who designed the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D. C. You may remember that when her design was originally selected, it was very controversial. Since then, it has won almost universal praise for its elegance, simplicity, and beauty. She also designed the equally striking Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama.
The second of the most notable Asian American artists is architect I. M.