PNA – Polycultural North America

Writers of Polycultural North America

Collection of web resources on specific Asian-American writers living in Canada or the US.

Bissoondath, Neil

Crusz, Rienzi

Dabydeen, Cyril

King, Thomas

Kingston, Maxime Hong

Ondaatje, Michael

Vassanji, M.G. (Moyez)


Asian American Literature: Resources for Research

annotated bibliography by Dr. Noelle Brada-Williams (San José State U). Frequently updated.

Voice of the Shuttle: Minority Literatures (of the US)
U of California directory of websites on minority literature and writers in the US.

Northwest Passages
Portal with links to all areas of Canadian literature

CBC Digital Archives
Online Archive of the Canadian Boradcast Corporation with Interviews and features on Canadian literature

Reference Books on Polycultural North American Literature: IB and UB Holdings

History, Society and Culture


PBS: Ancestors in the Americas
This companion to the PBS series contains essays on the series’ episodes,  an Asian American Timeline of specific moments and events that shaped Asian American history and a Resource section. Also includes a Teacher’s Guide

Asian-Nation. Asian-American History, Demographics and Issues
Comprehensive website by C.N. Le (U of Massachusetts). Brief essays by Le and some other contributors (scholars and journalists) on different aspects of Asian-American culture, history and society.


Asian-Canadian Culture Online Project
Website “aims to showcase emerging talents from Asian Canadian youth.” Contains an anthology of stories written by or about Asian Canadian youth,a short video collection by Asian Canadian video artists and selected short essays about the contemporary history/experience of Asian Canadian communities.

African American

African American History: the Modern Freedom Struggle
(17 Lectures) Clayborne Carson (Stanford)

“Free at Last” (BBC Worldservice). The documentary series investigates the unexplored history of black and African resistance to slavery.
Part one – ‘How the slave trade worked’
Part two – ‘The road to emancipation’
Part three – ‘Cultural DNA’

Further resources on Slavery and Slave Trade are listed here.

Black Canada

Black History Canada
annotated guide to the online resources onthe history of Canada’s Black community

African Canadian Online (York University, To)
Information on African Canadian artists and their work. Note: not regularly updated after 1998.


Guide to Asian-American Resources (U of Maryland)
Bibliography and catalogue of online resources

UBC Library. Resources for Asian Canadian Studies
Although some websites collected here have restricted access, one finds many free websites related to Asian Canadian topics.

Ono, Kent A. A Companion to Asian American Studies. Blackwell Publishing,2004. Blackwell Reference Online

Up to date information on Asian American filmmaking. Website includes a helpful Asian American Film Database


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