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The Asian American Dream

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The Asian immigrants sought the traditional American dream: With a little hard work, certain success would soon follow. Ruthanne Lum McCunn's children's book Pie-Biter (1983) tells the story of Hoi, a young Chinese boy whose ingenuity, determination, and love of pies help him triumph over adversity as he works on the transcontinental railroad. To reflect the hero's journey to success, McCunn writes Hoi's tale as a combination of the American tall tale and the quintessential American success story. As Hoi grows from hopeful adolescent to strong young man, McCunn allows Hoi to be a true American hero without sacrificing his culture. Framed in the folk tradition, Pie-Biter is an obvious example of how immigrants saw America as the "Land of the Golden Mountain," as is Lawrence Yep's Dragon's Gate (1993), part of the author's Golden Mountain Chronicles. In Yep's young adult novel...

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