Writing for Asian Children: History, Fantasy and Identity


  • Shirley Geok-lin Lim, University of California-Santa Barbara, USA


A short autobiographical essay on the motivations and contexts for the writing of the children’s novel, Princess Shawl (2008). The essay also explicates its narrative structure and explores the relation of history to specific novelistic strategies.


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Author Biography

Shirley Geok-lin Lim, University of California-Santa Barbara, USA

Shirley Geok-lin Lim is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her PhD from Brandeis University in 1973, and has also taught at internationally, at the National University of Singapore, NIE of Nanyang Technological University, and most recently as Chair Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include Asian-American and post-colonial cultural productions and ethnic and feminist writing. She is the author of five books of poems; three books of short stories; two books of criticism: Nationalism and Literature (1993) and Writing South/East Asia in English: Against the Grain (1994); a book of memoirs, Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands (1996), and three novels, Joss and Gold (2001), Sister Swing (2006), and Princess Shawl (2008). She has served as editor/co-editor of numerous scholarly works, including The Forbidden Stitch (1989), Approaches to Teaching Kingston’s The Woman Warrior (1991), and Transnational Asia Pacific (1999). Professor Lim won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1980 for her first collection of poetry, Crossing the Peninsula and Other Poems.




How to Cite

Lim, University of California-Santa Barbara, USA, S. G.- lin. (2009). Writing for Asian Children: History, Fantasy and Identity. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 3(1), 21–27. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/67