Thursday, November 05, 2009
Celeste Ng: Why I Don't Want to Be the Next Amy Tan
If someone were to call me "the next Amy Tan," it would not be because -- or not primarily because -- we have similar themes or subjects or styles. Let's be honest: it would be because we are both Chinese American. And to be fair, it might not be "the next Amy Tan." It might be "the next Maxine Hong Kinston," or "the next Lan Samantha Chang." Again, I'd be lucky to be compared to any of those fine writers. But I want it to be for literary merit, not for our mutual culture.