Interior Chinatown

Interior Chinatown

Book - 2020 | First edition
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Willis Wu doesnt perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: Hes merely Generic Asian man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but he is always 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. Hes a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guythe most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. At least thats what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
Branch Call Number: FICTION YU
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780307907196
0307907198

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It’s metafiction, so it’s written as a screenplay, and it's one of those books that people said should be read and not listened to. Chris described it as one of the funniest, most creative, and deliciously clever books he read last year. Recommended by Becca and Chris.

One of the funniest, most creative, and deliciously clever books I read this year. Its own brand of metafiction (it’s written as a screenplay), a tightrope work of conceptualism that never falters. It’s also a trenchant exploration of what it means (and doesn’t mean) to be Asian American. One you... Read More »

A humorous, insightful, and creative novel about racial pigeonholing. Protagonist Wu has a bit part in a cop show, playing the role of Generic Asian Man, but hoping to advance to the better role of Kung-Fu Man. Written as a screenplay by another television writer ("West World"), enjoy t... Read More »

One of the funniest, most creative, and deliciously clever books I read this year. Its own brand of metafiction (it’s written as a screenplay), a tightrope work of conceptualism that never falters. It’s also a trenchant exploration of what it means (and doesn’t mean) to be Asian-American. One you... Read More »


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