Asian Americans In Literature

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Since I don't really read books anymore (see the past post for how bad it is) I was interested in this post out by Asia Pacific Arts on their favorite Asian American characters in literature, which I think if nothing else, serves one simple purpose - making me feel like a dumbass.

Here's some words on the character NiuNiu from the book The People's Republic of Desire (2006):

One memorable character for me is NiuNiu from The People's Republic of Desire by Annie Wang. NiuNiu resembles the Chinese version of Carrie in Sex and the City. She's a journalist living in a metropolitan city (Beijing in this case), she's had numerous relationships, and she never fails to impress strangers with her sharp cleverness. Born and raised in America, she traveled back to China to work as a foreign correspondent and find her cultural identity. NiuNiu represents the new generation of Chinese American returnees. She's highly educated (in the sense that she's obtained a degree from the United States), she's a free thinker, and she's a member of China's Westernized professional class. A description of her character calls her: "single and fully detached." (I'm sure the second part bears more weight on our generation.) Hailed as a cross between Sex and the City and The Joy Luck Club, it's no wonder I like this book. --Cathryn Chen
Read the full list here.