YELL-Oh Girls! by Vickie Nam

YELL-Oh Girls!

In this groundbreaking collection of personal writings, young Asian American girls come together for the first time and engage in a dynamic converstions about the unique challenges they face in their lives. Promoted by a variety of pressing questions from editor Vickie Nam and culled from hundreds of submission from all over the country, these revelatory essays, poems, and stories tackle such complex issues as dual identities, culture clashes, fa...

Details YELL-Oh Girls!

TitleYELL-Oh Girls!
Release DateJul 31st, 2001
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Race, Literature, Asian Literature, Sociology, Anthologies

Reviews YELL-Oh Girls!

  • keatspring
    Cultural clashes, sexism, identity crisis, the ramifications of racism, this is what all the Meggys and Lizs and Diyas have examined in this anthology of Asian American girlhoods. Their individual voices differ in tone and pitch, sometimes cynical and passive while other times a crescendo of words, demanding change and action. In their experiences they are not always harmonious but the voices always chime in unison when asked about their identity...
  • Tee
    4 Stars. Some parts are really good, but a few are really bad. The bad parts: 1) Some stories are repetitive 2) Some of them were, well, explicit. Especially one at the last section. It's not R-rated, but about PG-13. I identified with a lot of the girls who wrote these stories. I know how it feels to be regarded as an Asian in America and an American in Thailand. I know how it feels to have some Thai people in Thailand treat me as a stupid Ameri...
  • Angeline
    This book told me many stories about Asian American Girls and their different experiences no matter if they were good or bad. I learnt more about how these girls were stereotyped and how they felt about others and could really link to my current life. I learnt about how these girls felt about their own culture, country and how they look. I would recommend this book to Asians who want to if any other girls have the same experience as them, and als...
  • Jacey
    so perhaps I'm just not in essay-mode lately, but this book just didn't buzz for me at all. It's a collection of essays by young asian american women about growing up as such in the american landscape. There's only so far and deep a 15-19 year old can go in 1-3 pages so, for me, each essay, no matter how good, seemed a bit shallow and a bit repetitive (of the other essays in the book). I would have enjoyed it more if there were a greater range of...
  • Alexandra
    Not really a review, per se, but a suggestion. If you choose to read this excellent collection, don't skip the INTRO!! I confess, I have a bad habit of wanting to get to the good stuff myself and blazing past it! The intro reveals author Nam's own story very eloquently, and drives home the reason the book is needed in the first place.
  • A
    Phoebe Eng's intro to the book still makes this anthology stick out in my mind."[B]ig things can never been accomplished by sheer will and talent alone. Instead, it requires the collusion of hundreds of people who also believe in you, who want you to thrive, and will do what is necessary to lift you up to that place where, finally, you will have what you need to fly on your own."
  • Tran Y
    Read this book as a teenager when I first moved to USA. Very relatable.
  • Sarah Jang
    I appreciate the amount of work that was put into this collection of short stories. Sections divided the stories according to what it was about: family history, the struggles of being an Asian-American, identity, and the power of Asian-American girls uniting. I've never really seen a collection of short stories organized like this before, but I loved it. There were stories that I couldn't personally connect to but I sympathized with the writers a...
  • Holly Yu
    This is a collection of personal writings by Asian American Girls and their experiences growing up. It's non-fiction and memoir-ish. Vickie Nam is not so much an author but an editor.It's crazy how I went through the same thing a few decades after they did. I'm currently a freshman in highschool and I still hear "Ew what is that? That looks nasty" about ethnic food I bring from home and I know damn well my mom's food is hella good so I tell them ...
  • Kat O
    I didn't like this as much as I'd hoped I would. I'm not sure if it's because time has passed since publication but it just seemed a bit dry and the book really dragged. select essays were great but then others felt really repetitive. Could have used more editing. love the rochester connection though
  • Aya Newman
    SUCH an important book for young Asian girls to read. I wish there had been more essays/poems about being mixed, but that's only because I'm mixed.
  • DoomFist7
    This article is so entertaining!.
  • Kristin
    "People can't see me for me / That's the reality/... This is why I get offended when you ask me where I'm really from / This is why I fight for justice while obstacles continue to come / This is why I call myself Asian American / I am who I am, I be who I be / See me for me / Then you'll get the reality" writes 19 year old Olivia Chung, one of many powerful voices in YELL-Oh Girls! In this anthology, editor Vickie Nam pulls together the short sto...
  • Rachel Chomsky
    For quarter 3 the first book I decided to read is Yell-Oh Girls! by Vickie Nam. I picked this book because it really looked interesting and cool to me and it looked pretty inspirational. Some things that I liked about this book were the different and powerful stories that all these Asian-American teenagers had to tell. Almost all of them talked about not fitting in the a normal environment because they weren't completely asian or completely ameri...
  • James
    Asian-American girls are finally speaking up and letting their voices be heard - this anthology of poems, essays and stories by young Asian-American girls cover a full range of topics from culture (and clash of cultures) to identity, from family relationships to the changes they want to see and are realising right now. The contributors' ages range from 15 to 21; their locations criss-cross America from Hawaii to New York City; their experiences a...
  • Yuan Zhou
    I picked this book because i didn't have a book to read in class, but i didn't really liked this book because it's a book that is a collection of very short stories, so i didn't really like it. It could be better to have a bit more detailed stories about each of the girls so that i could know more about them. What surprised me was how there was even e-mails in this book because i didn't expect e-mails from girls through out the country, and this ...
  • Shirley
    This is a collection of poems and writings by Asian American girls from age 16 to 21. The book is divided into several themes such as Family Ties and Finding Way Home.They are all very sincere and genuine experiences of teenage girls whose families were immigrants to the US. Some of them moved to America with their parents while others were born there. There are writings by girls of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino descent.Most...
  • Helene
    Decent anthology of essays/writings by young Asian-Americans. I felt I could relate to most of the stories written in the book, especially about identity. However, I felt like some of the essays were a bit whiny and confusing.I did not like reading the last section, "Girlwind", because it was way too progressive for my tastes. Plus, some of the writings in that section didn't even seem to make sense/really have a point in the book. I applaud the ...
  • Beth
    I bought Yell-Oh! Girls on a whim (I'd received my weekly Borders coupon and saw it on a bookend.) The thing about it you need to know is that it's a collection of essays by Asian-American women, so there is no continuity in terms of narration. I was especially excited to read U.S. Representative, Patsy Mink's essay. (She's from Hawaii, where I'm from and I had admired and respected her for some time.)Although many of the stories were repetitive,...
  • Bryan Worra
    There's a lot to like within this book, but it's hard for me to classify it as an absolute masterpiece- these are still some very young voices included here, and the writing reflects that frequently. It is notable for including Hmong voices, such as Sandi Ci Moua's piece, and I applaud any effort to get young people, particularly Asian American women writing. It was a big effort to get this project together, and I hope one day we'll see even more...
  • Jesse Field
    I think post-2008 American undergrads might find this useful -- the voices will sound incredibly familiar to them -- but it's also a good stage for talking about privilege. Vickie Nam and some of the writers in the volume are full of themselves -- can we afford to continue on like that as Americans? Issues of economic inequality and environmental consciousness might trump this entire discussion in the years to come.
  • Madame Soybean
    A compilation of short ditties written by Asian American teen girls. It was a good idea for a project in my opinion. Getting people to express themselves is never a bad thing. I found it sad, though, that many of the issues the girls speak of in their pieces are the same issues I had 30 years ago as a half Asian in America...that bummed me out. Not the greatest writing...but very interesting thoughts.
  • Chalida
    Wish this book was around when I was in high school. It's such a powerful piece to have growing up as an Asian American girl and I related to many issues in this book having grown up in the suburbs. This was my second reading of it and my only criticism is that the issues seemed to all be White vs. Asian in terms of racism. When thinking about my students at a school where no student is White, I feel like issues between people of color were missi...
  • Anna Kim
    In its own way, this is a powerful book featuring the voices of those who aren't normally heard. Each story, essay, and poem explores what it means to grow up as an Asian American girl. For those who have felt invisible or misunderstood, this is a good book to read because someone, somewhere felt the same way.
  • Andrea
    Quick and interesting read. Short anecdotes of Asian-American females growing up in the U.S. trying to fit in. Straddling that line between their parents generation, often immigrants, and their own, as Americans.
  • debbie
    halfway done with interesting read...i am of mexican american heritage but was raised by caucasian is interesting to read the struggles, as well as joys, of those who share my experiences of trying to come to terms with their heritage...
  • Candice Chen
    I did not enjoy reading this book. i found it very hard to read because there isnt a real story line. there is a new story every 2 pages and i couldnt get into the book at all except for the few stories i connected to.
  • Lisa
    this was sort of lost on me. i guess i should have known better.
  • Karen Smith
    Excellent read for my purpose, that is, to better understand race and gender issues as they pertain to young Asian American women. A must read for parents of Asian American daughters.