Phoenix Eyes and Other Stories
In styles ranging from naturalism to high-camp parody, Leong goes beneath stereotypes of immigrant and American-born Chinese, hustlers and academics, Buddhist priests and street people. Displacement and marginalization — and the search for love and liberation — are persistent themes. Leong’s people are set apart, by sexuality, by war, by AIDS, by family dislocations. From this vantage point on the outskirts of conventional life, they often see clearly the accommodations we make with identity and with desire. A young teen-ager, sold into prostitution to finance her brothers’ education, saves her hair trimmings to burn once a year in a temple ritual, the one part of her body that is under her own control. A documentary film producer, raised in a noisy Hong Kong family, marvels at the popular image of Asian Americans as a silenced minority. Traditional Chinese families struggle to come to terms with gay children and AIDS.
About the Author
"Migration may be the prominent theme in American literature; from place to place, from class to class, from race to race, and from gender to gender. Few have treated this theme as artistically as Russell Leong. His remarkable prose/poetry challenges media sterotypes so powerfully that many readers will conclude that his characters exist in a parallel universe. Yes, the Asian American Lexus drivers are here, but SSI recipients are included as well."—Ishmael Reed
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