The Asian American Literary Review

The Asian American Literary Review is a space for writers who consider the designation “Asian American” a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community. In showcasing the work of established and emerging writers, the journal aims to incubate dialogues and, just as importantly, open those dialogues to regional, national, and international audiences of all constituencies. It selects work that is, as Marianne Moore once put it, “an expression of our needs…[and] feeling, modified by the writer’s moral and technical insights.”

Published biannually, AALR features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, comic art, interviews, and book reviews. Discover Nikkei will feature selected stories from their issues.

Visit their website for more information and to subscribe to the publication: www.asianamericanliteraryreview.org

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Asian American Literature Forum Response by David Mura - Part 1

AALR Spring 2012 Issue

“Are there any continuities,” wonders scholar Min Hyoung Song, “between the earlier generation of writers which first raised the banner of an Asian American literature and a later generation of writers which inherited it?”

This is the question that the Asian American Literary Review’s Spring 2012 issue on “Generations” posed to writers, poets, playwrights, spoken word performers, scholars, and publishers of various generations, regions, and ethnic and artistic communities. What emerged was a vital survey of generational continuities and divergences—not to mention some necessary reevaluation of how “generations,” “Asian American,” and “Asian American literature ...

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José Watanabe - Part 4

Editor’s note: These poems by Japanese Peruvian poet José Watanabe are presented in the original Spanish with English translations by Michelle Har Kim for the Asian American Literary Review.

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El otro Asterión

El adulterio de la madre con el toro era evidente
por lo insólito del monstruo híbrido. Minos decide
alejar de su palacio esta infamia y encerrarlo
en una mansión intrincada.

                                         Ovidio (Metamorfosis )

De tantos juegos el que prefiero
es del otro Asterión.  Finjo que viene a visitarme
y que yo le muestro la casa.

                                   Jorge Luis Borges (La casa ...

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José Watanabe - Part 3

Editor’s note: These poems by Japanese Peruvian poet José Watanabe are presented in the original Spanish with English translations by Michelle Har Kim for the Asian American Literary Review.

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Escena de caza

            No por cólera
negaré la belleza de los brillantes jaeces.
Cuando el cuerno de caza ya no suene en el fondo del bosque
alabaré mejor el paciente trabajo de los artesanos del burgo.
Ahora tengo prisa:
el tropel de caballeros y cortesanas galopa en el coto de caza,
hieren con saña la grupa y el ijar de los elásticos corceles
y ...

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José Watanabe - Part 2

Editor’s note: These poems by Japanese Peruvian poet José Watanabe are presented in the original Spanish with English translations by Michelle Har Kim for the Asian American Literary Review.

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La estación del arenal

La prodigiosa lagartija corre
            y ya no la veo más.
Oculta entre el color del médano, imperturbable,
me observa
mientras el halcón huye de la resolana
y la arena cae suavemente desde las trombas de aire
sobre nadie.
Ningún ruido la inquieta. Huiría
si resonara en el aire lo que confusamente está dentro de mí:
Discrimino una ...

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José Watanabe - Part 1

“The children of Japanese immigrants, we heard...that someday the whole family would return to Japan. The dream wasn’t too convincing, not even for our parents”1. The fifth of eleven children, the Japanese Peruvian poet José Watanabe (1946-2007) spent his early childhood in the sugar plantation town of Laredo, about three hundred miles north of Lima, in the region of La Libertad. There his issei migrant father met and married his Peruvian mother—“a mestiza Peruvian,” Watanabe elaborates in a recent interview.2 One fateful day his father found himself with a winning lottery ticket which allowed ...

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