28. The Asian American Short Story

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Wenying Xu Professor Chair

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch28

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Xu, W. (2010) The Asian American Short Story, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Florida Atlantic University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • Asian American Short Story;
  • Asian immigrant writers - have written about “old” and “new” worlds in dual languages;
  • Asian American literature, as a protest against socioeconomic discrimination and marginalization, political alienation and cultural stereotypes;
  • Asian American literature - as diverse in style as any other literature;
  • ancestors of the Asian American Short Story;
  • Yokohama, California, accepted for publication in 1941, due to anti-Japanese sentiment during war;
  • confinement sensitizing her to devastating result of loss of control;
  • tale's power, lying in the vortex created by the mother's action - outside her traditional Japanese Issei role of farm worker, cook, housekeeper, and wife;
  • age of blooming - contemporary Asian American short story;
  • Asian American short fictions - impossible to map out the entire terrain here


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Ancestors of the Asian American Short Story

  • The Age of Blooming: The Contemporary Asian American Short Story

  • References and Further Reading