Growing Up Ethnic In America: Contemporary Fiction About Learning To Be American

Paperback | November 1, 1999

byMaria Mazziotti Gillan, Jennifer GillanEditorJennife Gillan

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The editors who brought us Unsettling America and Identity Lessons have compiled a short-story anthology that focuses on themes of racial and ethnic assimilation. With humor, passion, and grace, the contributors lay bare poignant attempts at conformity and the alienation sometimes experienced by ethnic Americans. But they also tell of the strength gained through the preservation of their communities, and the realization that it was often their difference from the norm that helped them to succeed. In pieces suggesting that American identity is far from settled, these writers illustrate the diversity that is the source of both the nation's great discord and infinite promise.

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A rich anthology that explores what American identity means to diverse races within that culture, Growing Up Ethnic in America features contributions from Toni Morrison, Sherman Alexie, Gish Jen, Amy Tan and E.L. Doctorow. The writers offer a fresh take on ethnicity, from acknowledging that difference has propelled them to more creativ...

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The editors who brought us Unsettling America and Identity Lessons have compiled a short-story anthology that focuses on themes of racial and ethnic assimilation. With humor, passion, and grace, the contributors lay bare poignant attempts at conformity and the alienation sometimes experienced by ethnic Americans. But they also tell of ...

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the director of The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey. She is the author of five collections of poetry.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Performing
E.L. Doctorow: The Writer in the Family
Amy Tan: Rules of the Game
Gary Soto: Looking for Work
Bebe Moore Campbell: The Best Deal in America
Nash Candelaria: The Day the Cisco Kid Shot John Wayne
Darryl Pinckney: The New Negro
Tiffany Midge: A Half-Breed's Dream Vacation
Kathryn Nocerino: Americanism
Frank Chin: Railroad Standard Time

Crossing
Judith Ortiz Cofer: American History
Louise Erdrich: The Red Convertible
Toni Morrison: from The Bluest Eye
Lynne Sharon Schwartz: Killing the Bees
Mary Bucci Bush: Drowning
Liz Rosenberg: Magic
Daniel Asa Rose: The Cossacks of Connecticut
Sandra Cisneros: Mericans

Negotiating
Gish Jen: What Means Switch
Laura Boss: Myrna and Me
Bruce A. Jacobs: Dinner with Father
Beena Kamlani: Brandy Cake
Enid Dame: Drowning Kittens
Diane Glancy: Portrait of the Lone Survivor
Joseph Geha: Holy Toledo
Maria Mazziotti Gillan: Carlton Fredericks and My Mother
Afaa Michael Weaver: Honey Boy

Bridging
Sherman Alexie: This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona
Veronica Chambers: from Mama's Girl
Diane di Prima: from Recollections of My Life as a Woman
Naomi Shihab Nye: Red Velvet Dress
Fred L. Gardaphé: Grandpa's "Chicaudies"
Roshni Rustomji: Thanksgiving in a Monsoonless Land
Simon J. Ortiz: To Change in a Good Way
Helena María Virmontes: The Moths
Sylvia A. Watanabe: Talking to the Dead

Contributors
Index

From Our Editors

A rich anthology that explores what American identity means to diverse races within that culture, Growing Up Ethnic in America features contributions from Toni Morrison, Sherman Alexie, Gish Jen, Amy Tan and E.L. Doctorow. The writers offer a fresh take on ethnicity, from acknowledging that difference has propelled them to more creative success. to understanding the importance of preserving distinct racial communities within a melting pot.