The dragon, a symbol of Asian art and mythology, appears in many guises and is always adaptable — a survivor par excellence. Asian Americans display this same supple strength as they move between their Asian culture and their American one. In American Dragons, Laurence Yep brings together twenty-five talented writers, each with a different story about the Asian American experience: A Chinese American girl struggles to find her place in a suburban high school without denying her true intelligence. A young woman is torn when her romantic feelings clash with the expectations of her Vietnamese parents. A twenty-first-century teenager and his aging grandfather learn that it is possible to live in the future without losing touch with the past.