Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 19970812
Gish Jen talks about her novel Mona in the Promised Land, which turns ideas about ethnicity upside down as she describes a young, first-generation Chinese-American who becomes Jewish. Jen also talks about how humor and her own life led to inspiration for the book.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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