“When Julie Shigekuni, author of the upcoming “Invisible Gardens,” was interviewing to teach a first-time course in Asian American literature at the University of New Mexico near her home, she says this is how she was asked about the insights she would bring to the class: ‘Amy Tan has already written the Asian American experience. Why should we hire you?’
Tan also haunts Mako Yoshikawa, author of the June release “Once Removed” (Bantam), an explosive novel about two estranged sisters, a Japanese American and her American stepsister, who find each other after 17 years. “I feel uncomfortable with the Amy Tan legacy,” Yoshikawa says almost reluctantly, like countless young women who say, yeah, I’m grateful to Betty Friedan and all, but jeez, isn’t it time to move on?”
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