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Asian American Folktales

  • Author: Thomas A. Green (Editor)
  • ISBN: 9780313362972
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group Incorporated
  • Date of Publication: 2009-03-01
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Asian American Folktales

  • BDS Summary
    This title conveniently collects together and comments on more than 30 of the most important Asian American folktales.

    General Description
    THOMAS A. GREEN is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. His many books include The Greenwood Library of American Folktales (2006), and The Greenwood Library of World Folktales (2008).

    Long Description
    Drawing upon the traditions of their native lands, Asian Americans have developed an extensive cultural tradition. At the heart of that tradition are some of the world's most colorful folktales. These reflect the traditional beliefs of the East, as they have been passed down among generations of Asian Americans. But they also reflect the struggles, successes, and experiences of Asian immigrants in the New World. Written expressly for students and general readers, this book is a fascinating introduction to Asian American folktales. The volume includes a healthy sampling of tales grouped in topical sections on origins; heroes, heroines, villains, and fools; society and conflict; and the supernatural. Among the more than 30 tales included are: The Great Gambling Match The Monkey and the Turtle Why Dogs Wag Their Tails The Fish Prince The Ogre of Rashomon The Farmer and the Badger How an Old Man Lost His Wen The Magic Rice Kettle An Encounter with a Hobgoblin Evil Eye of Sani Each tale is accompanied by a headnote, and the book closes with a selected, general bibliography. Students studying literature and language will learn much about these tales, while students in social studies and history courses will gain greater insight into the experiences and traditional beliefs of Asian Americans.

    Main Description
    Drawing upon the traditions of their native lands, Asian Americans have developed an extensive cultural tradition. At the heart of that tradition are some of the world's most colorful folktales. This book gathers together a selection of more than 30 Asian American folktales and groups them in thematic sections on origins; heroes, heroines, villains, and fools; society and conflict; and the supernatural. These tales reflect the traditional beliefs of the East as well as the new experiences of Asians in America. Each tale is introduced by a headnote, and the book closes with a selected, general bibliography.

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    Conveniently collects and comments on more than 30 of the most important Asian American folktales.

    Review Quote
    "Green (anthropology, Texas A&M U.) has produced other collections of folktales for Greenwood, and here offers educators, students, and general readers examples of a range of traditional Asian American narrative types. The entire breadth of Asian American tradition too extensive to fit in an single volume, he selects traditions from India, the Philippines, China, Japan, and Korea as established and settled populations whose folktales have been translated into English. Among the titles are the princess Kwan-yin, the ogre of Rashomon, the quarrel of the monkey and the crab, and an encounter with a hobgoblin.' " - Reference & Research Book News"

    Table of Contents
    Preface Origins The Princess Kwan-yin The Great Gambling Match The Monkey and the Turtle Why Dogs Wag Their Tails The Casting of the Great Bell The Geomancer Heroes, Heroines, Villains, and Fools Momotaro: The Peach Boy Monkey King: A Record of a Journey to the Western Paradise to Procure the Buddhist Scriptures for the Emperor of China The Fish Prince Benito, the Faithful Servant The Story of Four Friends The Grass-Cutting Sword Han Hsin The Ogre of Rashomon Juan Pusong The Farmer and the Badger The Alligator and the Jackal Rabbit's Eyes Society and Conflict How an Old Man Lost His Wen Datto Somacuel Maria and the Seven Princes The Tongue-cut Sparrow The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab The Story of the Old Man Who Made Withered Trees to Flower The Magic Rice Kettle The Story of ChangTo-Ryong The Supernatural An Encounter with a Hobgoblin Evil Eye of Sani The Fearless Captain The Anting-Anting of Manuelito The Story of Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad The Juan Who Visited Heaven Bibliography
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