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The Country of Dreams and Dust

By Russell Leong
1993, 69 pages, Paperback.
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The Country of Dreams and Dust is loosely structured around the Chinese and Asian immigrant experience. Russell Leong's poems begin and end with water, from the Canton Delta to the drained pool of a Los Angeles tract house in Little Saigon.

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"Eloquent and mystical…rings with music-lyrics tense with longing, pulsating with images of anguished migrant visionaries clashing with the blood and guts of history."
-Jessica Hagedorn, author of Dogeaters

"A breakthrough for the poetry of Diaspora."
-Ishmael Reed, author of Japanese by Spring

"I feel his love for ancestors, parents, slaves, the rejected and the betrayed."
-Janice Mirikitani, author of Shedding Silence

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Background on Russell Leong

RUSSELL LEONG moves to the mallet of the muk-yi, the wooden fish drum he first heard as a child. Born in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1950, he was educated in local American and Chinese language schools and was a member of the Keamy Street Asian American Writers Workshop. He has been the editor of UCLA's Amerasia Journal since 1977.

Leong has lived and traveled extensively in Asia, and later received his MFA in film from UCLA, where he edited Moving the Image; Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts (1991). His fiction and verse appear in Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers; Tricycle: The Buddhist Review; The Seattle Review; The Open Boat; ZYZZYVA; The New England Review; Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction; and Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique.

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