Lee, Don. Yellow; stories.

Author:Bees, Janice
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article

Norton. 256p. c2001. 0-393-32308-0. $13.95. A

Don Lee, the editor of the literary journal Ploughshares, has written a collection of short stories set in the fictional coastal California town of Rosarita Bay. All of the protagonists of Lee's short stories are Asian, or Asian American. Lee's unique and lively cast of characters includes Annie Yung, a 38-year-old bleached blonde who goes to the local cowboy bar to rope the perfect buckaroo boyfriend; Duncan Roh, a womanizing surfer; and Hank Low Kwon, a public defender who's ambivalent about the clients he represents, and about his Caucasian diving-coach girlfriend. Lee's cast of characters face life as Asians living in "white society," and also struggle with the tensions between people of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese descent.

Lee writes with telling details and pointed humor as he weaves tales that shatter stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans. Nearly all of the characters...

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