Six Degrees of Celeste Ng: Asian American Edition

Welcome to the first (and perhaps last) round of Six Degrees of a One Story author. This week, I’m proud to showcase Celeste Ng (Issue #86, “What Passes Over”). And to make things more interesting I’ll be using only Asian American writers. Here goes:

6) For a number of well considered reasons (not including convenience), I chose to begin with the venerable Lan Samantha Chang whose second novel, All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost (W.W. Norton & Co.) came out last year. Among other titles LSC holds, none might be as impressive as director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which leads us to…

5) …Nam Le. Though the OS author (Issue #93, “Meeting Elise”) is technically an Asian Aussie, for the purposes of this excerise I’m willing to claim him for the good ‘ole US of A. Especially due to the fact that before his breakout hit, The Boat (Knopf),  landed ashore the international literary scene, Nam spent his days in Iowa City ruminating over love and honor and pity and pride…and writing award-winning stories…

4) …like Don Lee, whose story, “The Price of Eggs in China,” won a Pushcart Prize six years before Nam’s “Cartagena.” Yes, that Don Lee, the author of the short story collection, Yellow (W.W. Norton & Co.), and the novels, Country of Origin (same) & Wrack and Ruin (same), who served as the principal editor of Ploughshares for nearly twenty years publishing such notable writers as…

3) …OS’s own Paul Yoon (Issue #58, “Once the Shore”). Paul’s story, “And We Will Be Here,” ran in the Fall ’07 issue of  Ploughshares, and was one of many publications that led to the release of his collection, Once the Shore (Sarabande), which was a finalist for this past year’s Asian American Literary Award in fiction along with…

2) …Nami Mun’s beautifully harrowing debut novel, Miles from Nowhere (Riverhead). That very same Nami Mun who worked as an Avon Lady and criminal defense investigator, who serves on the Advisory Board of Kartika Review, and who frequents the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW). But most importantly (to this particular blog post, at least), the same Nami Mun who earned her MFA from the University of Michigan just like the one and only…

1) Celeste Ng! Winner of the Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction; TriQuarterly, Subtropics, and Kenyon Review Online contributor; Huffington Post blogger extraordinaire; and, of course, member of the One Story family.

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  2. Imagine my surprise to see my own name come up in the One Story feed on Google Reader! Thanks, Sam–I’m honored to be the focus of your post!

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