Dating back to the close of the 19th century, Asian American literature grew enormously in quantity and richness in the years following World War II and is now central to the curriculum. Covering the period from the late 1890s through 2007, this encyclopedia surveys the vast realm of Asian American literature. Within its pages are more than 270 alphabetically arranged entries on writers, major works, themes, genres, events, and special topics, presented in historical, cultural, political, social, and international contexts. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and cites works for further reading, while the encyclopedia closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources to foster student research. The entries cover the writers and literatures deriving from cultures and groups across the length of Asia, including Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, India, Afghanistan, Iran, the Philippines, Hawaii, and other Asian Pacific Islands. Included are entries on: Afghan American Literature Angel Island Asian American Political Activism Asian Pacific Islanders Biraciality Carlos Bulosan Chinese American Literature Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) Feminism and Asian America Filipino American Literature Graphic Novel Hawaiian Literature David Henry Hwang Daniel K. Inouye Indian American Literature Iranian American Literature Japanese American Internment Japanese American Literature The Joy Luck Club Richard Kim Korean American Adoptee Literature Korean American Literature Evelyn Lau Lesbian Literature National Origins Act of 1924 Michael Ondaatje (author of The English Patient) Racism and Asian America Vietnamese American Literature And many more. The encyclopedia supports the literaturecurriculum by helping students learn more about Asian American literature. In addition, it supports the social studies curriculum by helping students learn about the Asian American historical and cultural experience. FEATURES AND BENEFITS: An alphabetical list of entries helps users quickly search for particular topics. A guide to related topics groups related entries in convenient categories, thus helping users identify subjects likely to interest them. More than 270 alphabetically arranged entries cover the full span of Asian American literature in breadth and detail. Entries on events, terms, and special topics help students use literature to learn about Asian American political, historical, cultural, and social concerns. Further reading sections at the end of each entry direct users to sources of more specific information. A general bibliography identifies the most important print and electronic resources valuable to student research. Extensive cross-references help students locate information of interest to them.