AIS Alumnae Virtual Book Club
Wednesday, March 24
7 p.m. EST
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
Many of us love learning through stories, and our books for 2020-2021 will intentionally serve as a springboard for important dialogue around diversity, inclusion, and other topics. We will explore and discuss themes such as youth experience and police brutality, the immigrant experience, racial identity and community, and race and racism. Sharing individual opinions and perspectives about the same piece of literature is a vital component to bringing forth and making this dialogue accessible.
In Interior Chinatown, Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy — the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?
After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he’s ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family. Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, and exploring the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet. We hope you will join us!
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