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Hongo, Garrett, editor THE OPEN BOAT: Poems from Asian America New York: Anchor Books, 1993. First Edition


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First printing, a trade paperback original, not issued in hardcover. An anthology edited and with an introduction by Garrett Hongo. Most of the 30 writers included are American born for whom English is their native language, yet they are the products of the Asian diaspora and over 100 years of immigration to the United States - the Chinese mine and railroad laborers in the West, the Japanese cane field workers in Hawaii, the Filipino contract laborers and on. Included are such writers as Ai, Mei-Mei Bersenbrugge, Eric Chock, Jessica Hagedorn, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Mura, Janice Murikitani, Nellie Wong and more. An important and relatively uncommon anthology. 304 pp. Very good+ (usual light toning to the pages.) .ISBN # 0-385-423381 

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