Among her principal works are:
In 1998, her novel Blu's Hanging was also awarded a fiction award by the Association of Asian American Studies. However, amid similar accusations that the book's portrayal of one of the characters perpetuated stereotypes about Filipino men, the board rescinded the award. This action sparked controversy among the Asian American literary community (with noted Asian American authors Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston supporting Yamanaka).
In 2004, a short film, Silent Years, based on Yamanaka's screenplay was released. It is a story about a thirteen-year-old girl caught between an abusive uncle and a seventeen-year-old boyfriend, who expects a gift for his high school graduation.
The April 2007 issue of Honolulu Magazine has an excerpt from Yamanaka's upcoming novel, with the working title, The Mother Mary Stories
Hawaiian writer Lois-Ann Yamanaka draws praise, criticism for her novel using pidgin English.(Originated from Orange County Register)
Feb 28, 1996; As if storm clouds suddenly have swept onshore, poet and novelist Lois-Ann Yamanaka's normally buoyant tone turns steely as she...