Asian American Short Story Writers: An A-to-Z Guide

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ALEX KUO (1939-)

Doug Sugano


♦ BIOGRAPHY

Alex Kuo was born in 1939 while his father was teaching psychology at Harvard. During World War II, from 1942 to 1945, Kuo's family moved to China, living in Chongqing and Shanghai. Kuo completed his primary and secondary education in Hong Kong, receiving a General Certificate of Education from London University at the age of 16. In 1955, his family moved to Windsor, Connecticut. He went on to complete his B.A. degree in writing at Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois) in 1961. Kuo studied alongside Frank Chin and Lawson Inada at Iowa's M.F.A. program under Donald Justice and Philip Roth.

After completing his M.F.A., Kuo taught creative writing and literature at South Dakota State University for a year and received tenure at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, where he taught for five years until 1969. Kuo resigned his position to protest the expulsion of African American students from the university. He moved on to direct the Creative Writing Program and the Fine Arts Division at Roger Williams College and the Communications Program at Northern Illinois University. Kuo came to the Pacific Northwest in 1971 to direct the Ethnic Studies Program at Central Washington University, a position he held for three years. During the next five years he served as vice chancellor for academic affairs and taught in the Black Studies and English programs.

In 1979, disenchanted with academics, Kuo worked for the U.S. Forest Service. Later that year, he resumed teaching at Washington State University, where he established the Comparative American Studies Program in 1984 and still teaches for the Creative Writing and Comparative American Cultures pro-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction - The Asian American Short Story—the Cases of Sui Sin Far, Yamamoto, and Penaranda xiii
  • Peter Bacho (1950-) 1
  • Himani Bannerji (1942-) 5
  • Susham Bedi (1945-) 11
  • Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (1947-) 17
  • Carlos Bulosan (1911-1956) 23
  • Jeffery Paul Chan (1942-) 31
  • G.S.Sharat Chandra (1938-2000) 39
  • Diana Chang (1934-) 45
  • Frank Chin (1940-) 51
  • Susan Choi (1969-) 61
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (1956-) 65
  • Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton) (1865-1914) 73
  • Winnifred Eaton (1875-1954) 85
  • Jessica Hagedorn (1949-) 93
  • Gish Jen (1956-) 101
  • Ha Jin (1956-) 109
  • Lonny Kaneko (1939-) 115
  • Alex Kuo (1939-) 119
  • Jhumpa Lahiri (1967-) 125
  • Andrew Lam (1963-) 135
  • Evelyn Lau (1971-) 141
  • Chang-Rae Lee (1965-) 147
  • Don Lee (1959-) 151
  • Monfoon Leong (1916-1964) 155
  • Russell Leong (1950-) 159
  • Shirley Geok-Lin Lim (1944-) 167
  • David Wong Louie (1954-) 173
  • Darrell H.Y.Lum (1950-) 177
  • Rohinton Mistry (1952-) 183
  • Shani Mootoo (1958-) 189
  • Toshio Mori (1910-1980) 195
  • Bharati Mukherjee (1940-) 203
  • Fae Myenne Ng (1956-) 215
  • Hualing Nieh (1925-) 225
  • Susan Nunes (1943-) 237
  • Gary Pak (1952-) 243
  • Ty Pak (1938-) 251
  • Nahid Rachlin (1947-) 257
  • Raja Rao (1908-) 263
  • Patsy Sumie Saiki (1915-) 269
  • Bienvenido N. Santos (1911-1996) 273
  • Kathleen Tyau (1947-) 281
  • JosÉ Garcia Villa (1908-1997) 287
  • Sylvia A.Watanabe (1953-) 295
  • Hisaye Yamamoto (Desoto) (1921-) 303
  • Lois-Ann Yamanaka (1961-) 317
  • Karen Tei Yamashita (1951-) 327
  • Wakako Yamauchi (1924-) 333
  • John Yau (1950-) 337
  • Selected Bibliography 345
  • Index 349
  • About the Editor and Contributors 355
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