Penguin Books has added four books by Asian American authors to its Penguin Classics imprint of literature in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
“I redoubled my efforts in this area and wanted to turn next to the Asian American experience,” Siciliano said.
He said his interest in Tsiang’s work stemmed from his desire to have more Asian American literature taught in schools and colleges.
As a student, Cheung researched republishing efforts of older Asian American books after his idea to do an independent study on Asian American literature was rejected by an academic adviser.
Yamashita said it wasn’t until four young Asian American writers — Jeffrey Chan, Frank Chin, Lawson Fusao Inada and Shawn Wong of Combined Asian American Resources Project — discovered the book and republished it in the 1970s that it started to get more attention.