Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

Item # 151171.

Edited by Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow, and Jerry Ma

What if we told you a tale about a quiet, unassuming guy with black hair and thick glasses; an immigrant, who’s done his best to fit into a world that isn’t his? Many Asian Americans fit that bill. But so does Clark Kent, better known to the world as Superman.

Appealing to both comics fans and Asian Americans seeking to claim their place in American culture, Secret Identities makes brilliant use of the conventions of the superhero comic book to expose the real face of the Asian American experience.

This groundbreaking graphic anthology brings together leading Asian American creators in the comics industry—including Gene Yang (National Book Award finalist for American Born Chinese), Bernard Chang (Wonder Woman), Greg Pak (The Hulk), and Christine Norrie (Black Canary Wedding Special)—to craft original graphical short stories set in a compelling “shadow history” of our country: from the building of the railroads to the Japanese American World War II incarceration, the Vietnam airlift, the murder of Vincent Chin, and the incarceration of Dr. Wen Ho Lee.

Paper: 192 pp.

Read The Making of a ‘Secret Identity’ by Secret Identities editor Parry Shen on Discover Nikkei.

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