Screaming Monkeys

Critiques edited by M. Evelina Galang

July 1, 2003 • 6 x 9 • 500 pages • 978-1-56689-141-7

Art, fiction, poetry and essays critiquing Asian and Asian American images in media, government, and popular culture.

When a restaurant review referred to a Filipino child as a “rambunctious little monkey,” Filipino Americans were outraged. Sparked by this racist incident, Screaming Monkeys sets fire to Asian American stereotypes as it illuminates the diverse and often neglected history and culture within the Asian American diaspora. Poems, essays, paintings, and stories break down and challenge “found” articles, photographs, and headlines to create this powerful anthology with all the immediacy of social protest. By closely critiquing a wealth of material, including the judge’s statement of apology in the Wen Ho Lee case, the media treatment of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, and the image of Asian Americans in major U.S. marketing campaigns, Screaming Monkeys will inspire all its readers to instigate change by pursuing their own course of personal and public activism.

This groundbreaking anthology features both new and renowned writers, artists, and scholars, including Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Nick Carbó, Frank Chin, Anida Esguerra, Jessica Hagedorn, Lawson Fusao Inada, Gish Jen, Jordin Isip, Maxine Hong Kingston, Don Lee, Li-Young Lee, David Wong Louie, Sunaina Maira, David Mura, Arthur Sze, Eileen Tabios, John Yau, and many more.

About the Author

M. Evelina Galang is the author of Her Wild American Self, One Tribe, and Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, as well as editor of the anthology Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images. Galang currently directs and teaches the Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami and works with the VONA/Voices: Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation. She has been named one of the most influential Filipinas in the United States by the Filipina Women’s Network.


Screaming Monkeys performs one of the most challenging, yet culturally rewarding subversions of prevailing stereotypes of Asian Americans in contemporary mass media. This outstandingly comprehensive document takes the pulse of a critical contradiction in American self-perception, and attempts to adjust an unfocused lens.” —Rocio G. Davis