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Vol. 09 , No. 09
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The Country of Dreams and Dust
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 1994
In my poetry, through juxtaposition, I try to show the contradictions in people's lives. I try to break certain colonized patterns of thought, assumptions, which we all have.
Russell Leong's poems capture, in striking imagery, the Asian American experience. Indeed, his poems tend toward the personal and historical narrative with a decidedly political edge.
Russell Leong attended San Francisco State College, where he became active in Chinese for Social Action. He also was a member of the Kearny Street Asian-American Writers Workshop, an organization that has spawned many well-known Asian American writers, poets, and filmmakers. Leong went on to obtain his M.F.A. in filmmaking from UCLA, where he became editor of UCLA's Amerasia Journal, a position he still holds today.
Leong's fiction and verse can be found in: Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers (1991); The New England Review (1991); The Buddhist Review (1991); Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (1993); and Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique (1992). In addition, his collection of poetry, The Country of Dreams and Dust (1993), has received much acclaim.