Currently, there are over 20 million people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent living in the U. Her debut short story collection, Home Remedies , takes place in both the U. These stories turn the immigrant narrative on its head, imbuing it with the culture and verisimilitude of the young. Younghill Kang has been called the father of Korean American literature and this re-publication of his classic needs to be read. He arrives in New York with only four dollars in his pocket and a suitcase full of Shakespeare and has to fend for himself while at the same time witnessing the greed and racism of his new homeland.
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Sarah Gambito and Joseph O. Legaspi were sitting in a hammock at a big, Filipino family gathering. Surrounded by food, love, and comradery, the two friends came to a realization: We need this in our literary lives. Right then and there, they agreed that Asian American writers needed a place to find family—and they were going to create that space. That was 15 years ago.