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YELL-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore…

YELL-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up…

by Vickie Nam

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Phoebe Eng's intro to the book still makes this anthology stick out in my mind."[B]ig things can never been accomplished by sheer will and talent alone. Instead, it requires the collusion of hundreds of people who also believe in you, who want you to thrive, and will do what is necessary to lift you up to that place where, finally, you will have what you need to fly on your own."

YELL-Oh Girls! is an anthology of writings by and for younger Asian/Pacific American women (mostly youth/teens, with some young adults [early twenties]) -- which is not a bad thing by any means. When I came across the book, it was a refreshing breath of air, (re)affirming, in some ways, my own lived experience as a young Asian American.

Those who come to this book a little further along in their journey of discovery and identity formation may not find it quite so engaging as those who are 'younger' may find it. However, it is still a great collection for those looking for a work that speaks to their experience*, and I'd highly recommend it to any young Asian American woman who has ever thought about her identity and what it means to be "Asian."

*Though I really can't remember if transracial adoptees and Desis get a fair shake in this volume -- given the scope of the project, I'd think they would! ( )
  h.kim | Feb 6, 2011 |
Poems and short-shorts that speak to the pain of difference, indifference and holding onto pride in Asian-descent young women's growing up experiences in a racially sensitized America. Most of the collection is youthful, angry, sad. ( )
  sungene | Jul 13, 2008 |
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In this groundbreaking collection of personal writings, young Asian American girls come together for the first time and engage in a dynamic converstions about the unique challenges they face in their lives. Promoted by a variety of pressing questions from editor Vickie Nam and culled from hundreds of submission from all over the country, these revelatory essays, poems, and stories tackle such complex issues as dual identities, culture clashes, family matters, body image, and the need to find one's voice.

With a foreword by Phoebe Eng, as well as contributions from accomplished Asian American women mentors Janice Mirikitani, Helen Zia, Nora Okja Keller, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Elaine Kim, Patsy Mink, and Wendy Mink, Yell-Oh Girls! is an inspiring and much-needed resource for young Asian American girls.

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Addresses a variety of issues Asian American girls face in today's modern culture.

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