Secret Identities (Paperback)
The Asian American Superhero Anthology
New Press, 9781595583987, 194pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2009
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There's this guy we know--quiet, unassuming, with black hair and thick glasses. He's doing his best to fit in, in a world far away from the land of his birth. He knows he's different and that his differences make him alien, an outsider--but they also make him special. Yet he finds himself unable to reveal his true self to the world. . . .
For many Asian Americans, this chronicle sounds familiar because many of us have lived it. But it also happens to be the tale of mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, better known as Superman. And the parallels between those stories help explain why Asian Americans have become such a driving force in the contemporary comics renaissance as artists, writers, and fans.
Yet there's one place where Asians are still underrepresented in comics: between the four-color covers themselves. That's why, in Secret Identities, top Asian American writers, artists, and comics professionals have come together to create twenty-six original stories centered around Asian American superheroes--stories set in a shadow history of our country, exploring ordinary Asian American life from a decidedly extraordinary perspective. Entertaining, enlightening, and more than a little provocative, Secret Identities blends action, satire, and thoughtful commentary into a groundbreaking anthology about a community too often overlooked by the cultural mainstream.
About the Author
Jeff Yang founded the pioneering Asian American periodical A. Magazine, writes the "Tao Jones" column for the Wall Street Journal, and is a regular contributor on NPR. With Keith Chow, Jerry Ma, and Parry Shen, he is a co-author of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology and a co-editor of Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology, both published by The New Press. He is also the author of Once Upon a Time in China and a co-author (with Jackie Chan) of I Am Jackie Chan and (with Dina Gan and Terry Hong) of Eastern Standard Time. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Parry Shen, best known for his lead role in the movie Better Luck Tomorrow, has appeared in numerous television shows, including Criminal Minds and General Hospital. He has spoken at more than one hundred universities, sharing his experiences as an Asian American in the media with college students across the country. He has been profiled on Entertainment Tonight and Extra, as well as in Rolling Stone, People, and the Wall Street Journal. With Keith Chow, Jerry Ma, and Jeff Yang, he is a co-author of Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology and a co-editor of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, both published by The New Press. He resides in Southern California with his wife, Kim, and daughters Avery and Kori. Keith Chow, an educator and comics journalist, is a co-author (with Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, and Jerry Ma) of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology and a co-editor (also with Shen, Yang, and Ma) of Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology, both published by The New Press. He lives in Towson, Maryland. Jerry Ma is the founder of the indie comics studio Epic Proportions. With Keith Chow, Parry Shen, and Jeff Yang, he is a co-author of Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology and a co-editor of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, both published by The New Press. Ma lives in New York City.