Cultural Writing. Asian American Studies. TILTING THE CONTINENT is the first collection to bring to the American literary awareness the poetry, short stories, and personal essays of established, as well as new authors of Southeast Asian descent -- not only recent arrivals, but also second, third, and fourth-generation authors. This anthology reminds us of a Southeast Asian past and present composed of polyethnic, multilingual, and rapidly modernizing societies. But it is also an inherently American phenomenon. Shirley Lim and Cheng Lok Chua present brave and exciting writers whose imaginations have traversed vast distances, both literally and figuratively, and whose moving accounts assure them a lasting place in the American literary landscape -- Ruth Y. Hsu.