"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, exploring the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration—Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet."--Publisher description. This book has won the 2021 CALA Best Book Award (Category: Fiction).
Yu, Charles, 1976-
Table Of Contents
Generic Asian man -- Int. Golden Palace -- Ethnic recurring -- Striving immigrant -- Kung fu dad -- The case of the missing Asian -- Ext. Chinatown.
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Yu, Charles, 1976-, “Interior Chinatown,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed December 3, 2023, http://ir.cala-web.org/items/show/772.