Cathy Park Hong weaves together memoir and criticism in this anthology of essays. She discusses the history of the Asian-American identity, where it is now, and its future. Hong dares to intersect the Asian-American identity with other racial identities in this country, and she not only pulls it off but also influences her audience to connect with their friends from other cultures in a reimagined way. This anthology is packed with thought-provoking statements that will continue to linger in your mind.
"The administration plans to reopen a Japanese internment camp in Oklahmoa to fill up with Latin American children. A small band of Japanese internment camp survivors protest this reopening every day. I used to idly wonder whatever happened to all the internment camp survivors. Why did they disappear? Why didn't they ever speak out? At the demonstration, protestor Tom Ikeda said, 'We need to be the allies for vulnerable communities today that Japansese Americans didn't have in 1942.' We were always here" (Hong 203).
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