Focused on literature and literary criticism, MELUS is the most important journal for the study of Ethnic American literature and it has individual articles, reviews, interviews, and occasionally whole issues devoted to the study of Asian American literature.
The term American has been defined by Elaine Kim, author of the first booklength scholarly study, Asian American Literature: An Introduction to the Writings and Their Social Context (1982) as the requisite setting of an Asian American text. Writers of Asian ancestry living in the United States, like Richard Kim and Sook Nyul Choi, but writing
I will say, though, that Asian American literature doesnt necessarily have a privileged space to speak about these themes, nor an obligation to. Each marked community is condemned with its own abnormal sense of family and identity; (im)migration is also a theme that impacts each community in different ways.