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Detail of cover art for Chang-Rae Lee's 'Native Speaker'/Berkley Books

What Does It Mean to Write Asian American Literature?

In my family, race itself did not exist. If I wanted to be real, I could not experience what was not real.

here is the way to get across that reality is always an interpretation



I am your real sonI want to find my birth parentsI am no longer a member of this family

to be

The Psychology of AdoptionThe Psychology of Adoption

You are not different You are different

The Woman Warriorof courseI doI don’t

double consciousness

to be not

Native Speaker


The Woman Warrior

Bewareof desiremany

Immigrant ActsRace and ResistanceReading Asian American Literature

The Woman Warrior

The Woman Warrior, The Woman Warrior

The Woman Warriorresistancesatisfaction


Native Speaker

in remission. after with

The Woman Warrior


Matthew Salesses is the author of The Sense of Wonder, national bestseller Craft in the Real World, the 2021 finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear, and two other novels. Adopted from Korea, he has written about adoption, race, and Asian American masculinity in The Best American Essays 2020, NPR’s Code Switch, the New York Times blog Motherlode, and The Guardian, among other media outlets. BuzzFeed has named him one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers. He lives in New York City, where he is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Columbia University.