What Do I Read Next?
Don Lee followed Yellow, the collection which contains this story, with his 2004 novel, Country of Origin. This critically acclaimed book centers on a mystery. A graduate student of Japanese-African-American descent goes to Tokyo to do research, ends up working in a men’s club and disappears, leaving a Foreign Service junior officer and a jaded police detective to look for clues.
Amy Tan’s 1989 novel The Joy Luck Club takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and like Yellow, it tells the interconnected stories of a community. It is often credited with starting a national trend toward interest in the Asian-American experience. The Joy Luck Club was reissued in an edition by Penguin in 2006.
Chang-Rae Lee is a much-lauded Korean-American writer. His novel Aloft (2004) was on the New York Times bestseller list: it is about a white middle-class patriarch of a family that is becoming diverse and divided.
Marilyn Chin, an Asian-American poet who blends tradition with confrontational language, is the kind of outspoken writer that Lee might have had in mind when he described Caroline Yip’s contemporary writing style. Her poems in the 2003 collection, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow: Poems, have been lauded for their innovation and daring.