Wing Tek Lum Analysis

Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Wing Tek Lum (luhm) is known exclusively for his poetry.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

In 1970, while a student at Brown University, Wing Tek Lum won the prestigious Poetry Center Award (later the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize). Lum’s Expounding the Doubtful Points was awarded the Outstanding Book Award of 1987 by the Association for Asian-American Studies and the 1988 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Bulfantz, Gary L., and John H. Y. Wat. “Performing a Chinese-American Cultural Identity: Wing Tek Lum’s ’Urban Love Songs.’” In Why Don’t You Talk Right? Multicultural Communication Perspectives, edited by Aprele Elliot. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 1992. Examines “Urban Love Songs” in depth.

Fujita Sato, Gayle K. “The Island Influence on Chinese-American Writers: Wing Tek Lum, Darrell H. Y. Lum, and Eric Chock.” Amerasia 16, no. 2 (1990): 17-33. One of the first studies of Lum’s poetic work in the context of Chinese American writers in Hawaii.

_______. “Wing Tek Lum.” In Asian American Poets: A Bio-Biographical Critical Sourcebook, edited by Huang Guiyou. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. A concise and helpful study of Lum’s life and literary works.

Leong, Lavonne. “Wing Tek Lum.” In The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature, edited by Huang Guiyou. 3 vols. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2009. This article, while somewhat brief, provides a wealth of information about Lum’s life and poetic production and also offers a summary of some pertinent critical observations.