With this volume, Greenwood Press has published five reference works on five major genres in Asian American literature: Emmanuel Nelson's Asian American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (2000), Guiyou Huang's Asian American Autobiographers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (2001) and Asian American Poets: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (2002), and Miles X. Liu's Asian American Playwrights: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (2002). Along with this volume, readers and researchers of Asian American literary writing will be, I hope, well equipped in their study, research, and teaching of the Asian American novel, autobiography, poetry, drama, and short fiction. Of course, this is not to set aside the importance and significance of other genres, such as the essay, written by Asian American authors. Asian American literature has journeyed tortuously since its inception at the end of the nineteenth century; however, it had not been considered an autonomous branch of American literature until the last quarter of the twentieth century. In a matter of two decades—since the 1980s—both creative writing and critical literature by Asian Americans have blossomed, and major developments in both fields have been truly remarkable; as a result, literature by Asian American writers has been studied and taught on a great many campuses across the country. In view of such literary achievements, reference books on Asian American literature are a timely aid to teaching and research.
Asian American Short Story Writers represents forty-nine Asian American authors of short fiction; and like its four predecessors, each chapter consists of four sections: (1) Biography, (2) Major Works and Themes, (3) Critical Reception, and (4) Bibliography, which consists of two parts, Works by the Author (subdivided by genre) and Studies of the Author. Such an organization will lend convenience to the reader whether s/he looks for details about an