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Yell-Oh Girls!: Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American (Paperback)

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In this groundbreaking collection of personal writings, young Asian American girls come together for the first time and engage in a dynamic converstions about the unique challenges they face in their lives. Promoted by a variety of pressing questions from editor Vickie Nam and culled from hundreds of submission from all over the country, these revelatory essays, poems, and stories tackle such complex issues as dual identities, culture clashes, family matters, body image, and the need to find one's voice.

With a foreword by Phoebe Eng, as well as contributions from accomplished Asian American women mentors Janice Mirikitani, Helen Zia, Nora Okja Keller, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Elaine Kim, Patsy Mink, and Wendy Mink, Yell-Oh Girls! is an inspiring and much-needed resource for young Asian American girls.

About the Author

Vickie Nam was most recently content/community producer at VOXXY, the L.A. -- based interactive network for girls. She was formerly managing producer at, news team coordinator at Teen People, and editor in chief of Blue Jean Magazine. Her work has appeared in Seventeen, Jump, and KoreAM Journal. Vickie lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For…

"Come adolescence, this quite possibly could become [a] cultural bible."
— aMagazine

"…Quality…readers…will be swept along by the authors' sincerity."

"A diversity of younger Asian-American writers carrying the banner forward. I think this is great."
— Claire S. Chow, author of Leaving Deep Water: The Lives of Asian American Women at the Crossroads of Two Cultures

"Valuable not only for its [sharp] an inspiration to any young person seeking self-expression."
— Elaine Mar, author of Paper Daughter: A Memoir

"A book like YELL-Oh Girls! would have let me know that I wasn't alone."
— Margaret Lee, Ms. Magazine

"Thanks to this fine collection of writings, future generations of Asian-American girls need not feel so isolated."
Publishers Weekly

"YELL-Oh Girls! a must-read for anyone who's ever felt like an outsider looking in."
— Teen People

"[Vickie Nam] is determined to make heard the voices of Asian-American girls."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060959449
ISBN-10: 0060959444
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 31st, 2001
Pages: 336
Language: English