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by Don Lee

  • ISBN: 0393323080
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Don Lee
  • Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (May 17, 2002)
  • Pages: 255 pages
  • FB2 size: 1782 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. unusually complete portrait of contemporary Asian America. Lee has captured this truth beautifully. Some stories were a little slow and dry, but overall, the book masterfully conveyed the Asian experience in America in such a subtle, brilliant way. It offers such telling, brutally honest insight about not just Asian identity, but also human identity - 100% worth a read.

Don Lee is the author of the novels The Collective, Wrack and Ruin, and Country of Origin, and the story collection Yellow. He has received an American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, an O. Henry Award, and a Pushcart Prize.

Lee's memorable characters are so real, you'll swear you know some of them! Absolutely fabulous. Yellow: Stories by Don Lee. A quirky debut collection populated by the inhabitants of a fictional California seaside town, not unlike Half Moon Bay. Lee’s memorable characters are so real, you’ll swear you know some of them! Absolutely fabulous. Author Profile: Don Lee.

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but grounded in the depth of beautiful prose and intriguing storylines" (Asian Week).

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Book's title: Yellow : stories Don Lee. Library of Congress Control Number: 00050047. C) 2017-2018 All rights are reserved by their owners. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 0393025624. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners.

"Elegant and engrossing...[an] unusually complete portrait of contemporary Asian America."―Los Angeles Times..."A gem....Lee has captured this truth beautifully, wisely, and with winning economy."―Cleveland Plain Dealer

As the Los Angeles Times noted in its profile of the author, "few writers have mined the [genre of ethnic literature] as shrewdly or transcended its limits quite so stunningly as Don Lee." Harking "back to the timeless concerns of Chekhov: fate, chance, the mystery of the human heart" (Stuart Dybek), these interconnected stories "are utterly contemporary,...but grounded in the depth of beautiful prose and intriguing storylines" (Asian Week). They paint a novelistic portrait of the fictional town of Rosarita Bay, California, and a diverse cast of complex and moving characters. "Nothing short of wonderful...surprising and wild with life" (Robert Boswell), Yellow "proves that wondering about whether you're a real American is as American as a big bowl of kimchi" (New York Times Book Review).
Reviews about Yellow: Stories (7):
Sennnel
I don't think I've ever encountered a collection of stories where every single story fulfilled me so thoroughly. There are eight gems in Yellow, seven decent-sized stories and one long one, the titular tale that may be the most accomplished of the lot. That story chronicles the life of Danny Kim, who is doing exactly what FDR told everyone not to: fearing fear itself. The fear in Danny's life is racism, and he's never actually hurt by it in any grand fashion, probably because he heads it off (or at least thinks he heads it off). His character is fascinating and yet very believable: he's the kind of guy who, at the prospect of getting knifed by an assailant, might take out his own knife and slice himself before any damage could be incurred by the other party. "Yellow" is the longest story in the book and the most satisfying.
I found "The Price of Eggs in China" to be the most fun story, full of lovely twists and great detail about the making of furniture. "Casual Water" was the most heartbreaking, a sad story about two boys abandoned by both parents. Really, there isn't a weak story in this entire book. It's unfortunate that Yellow probably won't get past the typical Asian-American reader, because this book is quite universal in many respects, much like Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies.
Oh well. Maybe not every Joe and Jane Doe will read it, but here's one reader who's a much happier person for having read this wonderful collection.
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In an interview, Lee mentions Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and Joyce's Dubliners as literary influences for his seminal work of short stories, Yellow (2001), which focuses on the lives of Asian-Americans living or connected to Rosarita Bay, modeled after Half Moon Bay, California.

Lee's book avoids immigrant narratives focusing instead on the lives of Asian-Americans who experience themselves as "American" without the carrying the complex weight of moving from one country to another. While one may encounter shadows of post-diasporic experience in the stories, "Casual Water" and "Yellow", Lee does not preoccupy readers with plot lines most often associated with the work of more commonly known Asian-American writers.

Instead, he illustrates well the various issues assimilated Asian-Americans face as they live in a country where occasionally, they are reminded of their immigration status, regardless of whether they have been born in the United States. For Lee, race politics includes a Chinese thug who questions his Korean-American attorney about his white girlfriend in "Voir Dire", presuming that a white girlfriend automatically indicates a form of race treachery. Annie Yung, in the delightful, "Lone Night Cantina", assumes a cowgirl identity only to find herself facing the problems with assuming an identity that is not authentic to her person.

Some Asian-American students will react to Yellow by arguing that they do not find Lee's characters "Asian" enough which begs the question: What does it mean to be Asian/Asian-American and what are the risks of narrowly-defining characteristics that ultimately lead to essentialism. Feminists have been right to point out how essentialism damages women and similarly, readers can bring their assumptions to the book so long as they understand that reading Lee's work may cast new light and perhaps, widen the spectrum of race representation. Readers who presume to know what "Asian" is may find themselves struggling with Lee's honest portrayal which avoids reinforcing images of Asian-Americans as perpetually struggling, self-hating, or striking nationalistic attitudes. Marked with a fluidity of language and expression, Lee's affection for his characters allows them genuine epiphanies without sentimentalism.
Usic
Some stories were a little slow and dry, but overall, the book masterfully conveyed the Asian experience in America in such a subtle, brilliant way. It offers such telling, brutally honest insight about not just Asian identity, but also human identity -- 100% worth a read. My favorite story was the last one, "Yellow" -- extremely relatable, vulnerable, confused, and honest.
Warianys
I love Don Lee's writing voice... he focuses on the inner lives of the characters, rather than dialogue, while still filling the plot of each short story with a good amount of action and development. It's a great book to read in small pieces, or delve into all at once during a single day. Even as the stories change, they never loose his distinctive style & voice, which forms a through-line between each narrative.
Malakelv
After reading Yellow: Stories, Lee is on the top of my list as a great fiction writer. Although I have a BA in Engl. Lit, there are few modern writers who have exhibited a capacity for moving me and engaging me as some of the greats of old. Lee, however, is one such writer. As he continues to master his craft, I look forward to filling my shelves with his works.
WOGY
No regrets. Overall culturally sound writing style and voice. Vivid depiction of human interactions. Love Don Lee.
Ka
I was very disappointed in this book. A friend recommended it to me, and I thought it would give me deeper insight into Asian-American identity -- instead it did the exact opposite. This is your typical tawdry adult fiction, except the characters act white and have Asian names. There is no richness of culture described here, no positive role models for Asians to look up to, nothing redeeming to make me want to read it again or share it with anyone. It's no wonder that all the personal book endorsements are non-Asians. Perhaps this is what white people want to read about Asians. Mr. Lee's characters lack depth and heart, and none of them resemble people I know, with the exception of parts of the last story about Danny. It's no coincidence since the author says that chapter was based on his personal experiences. If Mr. Lee's intention was to show the lives of 3rd/4th generation Asian-Americans, then it's a sad testament to the loss of culture/ethnic pride.

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