The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature
[3 volumes]
by Guiyou Huang
December 2008, 1256pp, 7x10
3 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-34157-1
$321, £247, 280€, A440
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More than 270 alphabetically arranged entries survey the lives and works of Asian American authors and give extensive attention to the historical and social contexts surrounding their writings.

Asian American literature dates back to the close of the 19th century, and during the years following World War II it significantly expanded in volume and diversity. Monumental in scope, this encyclopedia surveys Asian American literature from its origins through 2007. Included are more than 270 alphabetically arranged entries on writers, major works, significant historical events, and important terms and concepts. Thus the encyclopedia gives special attention to the historical, social, cultural, and legal contexts surrounding Asian American literature and central to the Asian American experience. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and cites works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography of essential print and electronic resources. While literature students will value this encyclopedia as a guide to writings by Asian Americans, the encyclopedia also supports the social studies curriculum by helping students use literature to learn about Asian American history and culture, as it pertains to writers from a host of Asian ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including Afghans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Iranians, Indians, Vietnamese, Hawaiians, and other Asian Pacific Islanders.

The encyclopedia supports the literature curriculum 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.


  • 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


"Asian American literature took shape in the late-19th century. It has since thrived in every major genre—novels, short fiction, poetry, autobiography, anthology, and drama. This three-volume publication is currently one of only two encyclopedias on Asian American literature in English. It features more than 270 entries on a wide range of topics, including writers, works, themes, genres, important historical events, special topics, concepts, and terms related to Asian American literature from the late 1890s to 2007. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers."—Choice, May 1, 2009

"There is overlap with such earlier works as Huang’s own Columbia Guide to Asian-American Literature Since 1945 (Columbia Univ., 2006) and Asian-American Short Story Writers: An A-to-Z Guide (Greenwood, 2003), but this is an impressive improvement, covering far more writers, subjects, and works in much greater depth. . . . [E]ssential for any library serving students in this still-emerging field."—Library Journal, May 15, 2009

"This three-volume encyclopedia aimed at librarians, reviewers, high school and college students, and general readers contains 272 entries on topics in Asian American literature, including writers, special topics, events, and terms. Huang (Biscayne College, and English, St. Thomas U.) assembles entries that cover literature by North American writers of Asian descent from the late 1890s to 2007, within a variety of contexts."—Reference & Research Book News, May 1, 2009

"[T]his is an excellent choice for academic libraries that teach ethnic literature and for large public libraries in areas with Asian populations."—Booklist, August 1, 2009
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