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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Work related help?
I'm used to and prepared for the annual ethnic American writer assignments. We have lists. I'm set up. But I just got my first ever assignment for students to find "Anglo-Ethnic authors." It doesn't matter which ethnicity is secondary (presumably, as long as they're not Anglo, though I'm willing to guess by examples like Anglo-Pakistani and Anglo-Chinese that the teacher doesn't mean Anglo-Scottish or Anglo-Welsh). I'm not finding lists in any of my common places, and I couldn't seem to get a bead on library lists there. (My librarian spidey-senses aren't tingling much--I frankly couldn't figure out where the main page for London libraries is (londonlibraries.org.uk has lists, but didn't seem to go to a main library homepage); I know I've been there, but...

Anyway, are there any good places to get lists of Anglo-[ethnic] authors, preferably with large bodies of work and criticism?
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texasmagic From: texasmagic Date: June 3rd, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
What ages are these students?

I may not be able to help with list of authors, but I can point the way to some specific books, particularly in the youth fiction area.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 3rd, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sixteen years old... any notions?
texasmagic From: texasmagic Date: June 3rd, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here are some titles I can think of off the top of my head. Many are Newbery winners. I can't say for sure which ones might actually be of the ethnicity they write about, though.

A Single Shard- Korean.
Walk Two Moons- Native American themes
The Conch Bearer- India It's on the Texas Bluebonnet list this year. I haven't read it, but it sounded very intriguing.
The Year of Miss Agnes- American Eskimo
Esperanza Rising- Hispanic

Linda Sue Park is an author I'm familar with who focuses a lot on Asian cultures in her books. What about Amy Tan, of Joy Luck Club fame?

Also, if the students can also use picture books, there will be loads of other authors that can be used. Patricia Polacco is wonderful at weaving tales about her Eastern European/Jewish background. The reading level of her books is usually abotu 4th grade. There are loads of Afro-American books, with a whole series about the family in Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry,though I can't remember the author off the top of my head.

You might consider looking for book lists for state libary programs for California and Texas, both of which have extrememly diverse populations.

I hope this helps. Let me know if I can give you more!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 3rd, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm pretty sure some of those authors are American rather than English (I know Amy Tan is)--the assignment is for ethnic minority authors from the U.K. (Timothy Mo, Salman Rushdie, etc). I know we have lists of African-American and Asian-American and Hispanic-American and so on authors, so I tried finding the corresponding sort of thing at a British library, but no joy. I'll pop it up at the Quill, too.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: June 3rd, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
*blink* Of course my first question is do they mean people like Rudyard Kipling...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 3rd, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
You'd think. But he was British writing in India; they're looking for Indian writing in Great Britain.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: June 3rd, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odd that it's the reverse construction from what we do in the US. I look for Chinese-American writers when I want someone who is ethnically Chinese writing in America, and I'd look for American-Chinese authors if I wanted someone who had emigrated from the US to China...

I wonder which way the Canadians go?
merlinssister12 From: merlinssister12 Date: June 4th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Since you were wondering I thought I would reply. Canadians use the American construction, in this case. Italian-Canadians, Chinese-Canadians etc...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 4th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually am interested. It's a notable difference, with U.S. and Canadian construction seeming to have "type of American/Canadian" and U.K. having "Anglo-" be an adjective to describe a person of Chinese descent. I don't know if it means anything except that "Anglo" is actually an ethnicity in a way that "American" and "Canadian" aren't.
maple_clef From: maple_clef Date: June 3rd, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a passage on this website (scroll down a bit to April 5th) about a new literary award for British writers from ethnic minorities. (Btw, I've read Hari Kunzru's first book, The Impressionist - it's very good, and I can imagine an intelligent 16 year-old managing it without too much trouble.) I'll see if I can find anything else...
maple_clef From: maple_clef Date: June 3rd, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meanwhile, other British ethnic minority authors include Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Andrea Levy, Monica Ali, Hanif Kureishi...

There's also a little bit on the British Council website: 'Introduction to UK Diversity and Diaspora' that outlines the sort of literature you're looking for and might be a useful introduction.
maple_clef From: maple_clef Date: June 3rd, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reading list for an Undergrad module entitled "Multiculturalism and the Contemporary Novel"
Press release about 'Ebony Reads' - LOADS of good info here including recommended reading, description of books, and useful websites.
(The host site is here)

Also recommend Vikram Seth and Meera Syal as authors.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 3rd, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank you. I'm going to print out lots of stuff before the rest of her class comes in!
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: June 3rd, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does Anglo-Irish count? You ought to be able to find plenty of that.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 3rd, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
It doesn't look like it, though it's not explicitly ruled out. Reading between the lines (and judging by the examples given), I think she's looking for African, Middle-Eastern, and Asian.
From: magnolia_mama Date: June 3rd, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would Anglo-Polish (?) qualify? There's Joseph Conrad for you.
beaustylo From: beaustylo Date: June 4th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if this would count, but I saw a bio on Anna Leonowens (as in Anna and the King of Siam) recently that said her father was English and her mother was at least half-Indian. So I imagine her writings might qualify, although she denied her heritage and turned away a sister who married an Indian (the child produced from that relationship just happened to be Boris Karloff!).

In a quick search, I found a page on Anglo-African authors for you:

Ooh, and here's an excellent link for you with a list of Anglo-African authors (the preferred term in the UK seems to be Black British authors).
And another one for Black British poets:

And here's a list on the same site for Asian authors:

Hope this helps you! I'd also recommend sending a note to Nigella on the Quill. She's always been very kind and helpful to me whenever I've had any British-related questions.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 4th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
OH, bless. That should work very nicely.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 4th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh-heh-heh. I somehow think that wouldn't go over well. American, you know, is just not "ethnic."
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