Synopses & Reviews
Cultural Writing. Asian American Studies. SCREAMING MONKEYS is a collaborative work designed by fiction writer M. Evelina Galang, poet Eileen Tabios, scholar Sunaina Maira, artist Jordin Isip, and spoken-word activist and graphic artist Anida Yoeu Esguerra. Like the editors of this anthology, the contributors of SCREAMING MONKEYS speak from various communities of writers, artitsts, scholars, and activists as well as from different ethnic communities in an effort to illustrate the diverse and often disparate perspectives of and within Asian America as well as the multiple histories integral to understanding America. The broad list of contributors to this unique text includes authors and artists as diverse as Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Forrest Gander, David Wong Louie, Arthur Sze, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, and many more.
Art, fiction, poetry and essays critiquing Asian and Asian American images in media, government, and popular culture.
When a restaurant review referred to a Filipino child as a "rambunctious -little monkey," Filipino Americans were outraged. Sparked by this racist incident, Screaming Monkeys sets fire to Asian American stereotypes as it -illuminates the diverse and often neglected history and culture within the Asian American diaspora. Poems, essays, paintings, and stories break down and challenge "found" articles, photographs, and headlines to create this powerful anthology with all the immediacy of social protest. By closely critiquing a wealth of material, including the judge’s statement of apology in the Wen Ho Lee case, the media treatment of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, and the image of Asian Americans in major U.S. marketing campaigns, Screaming Monkeys will inspire all its readers.
About the Author
M. Evelina Galang is the author of Her Wild American Self. Her writing has been widely published in numerous journals and magazines, including MS Magazine, American Short Fiction, Quarterly West, and Calyx. She recently completed her tenure as a Fulbright scholar in the Phillipines and joined the MFA Creative Writing faculty at The University of Miami.