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Interior Chinatown

av Charles Yu

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"One of the funniest books of the year has arrived, a delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire." --The Washington Post "Fresh and beautiful . . . Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition." --Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even 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 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. 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. At least that's what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more.   Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu's most moving, daring, and masterly novel yet.… (mer)
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Why this book? Author writes for Westworld and I'm intrigued by the screenplay format, although one reviewer pointed out that it takes one tree to print 20-30 copies of this book with so many blank pages in it. Yikes. Remind me to read the Kindle edition.
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
“Interior Chinatown” manages to be entertaining, a fairly quick read, and a complex and edifying look at identity and “being American.” Quite a trick! The book uses the idea of a screenplay to deliver the story and while there were times when that got in the way of my understanding, those moments were rare and it provided an easy delivery system for the serious and often difficult story that was being told. Our protagonist, Willis Wu, works his way through his life and the lives of his parents and reveals some important truths about how people are defined by others and, even more importantly, how they define themselves. There is a lot of humor and sweetness but it is balanced by the reality of the story being told. Willis ends up taking a long and penetrating look at himself and in so doing made me stop to think that we all could use with the same exercise. This is a book that would always be important but at this time in U.S. history it should almost be mandatory. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
I did not get the hype about this book at all. ( )
  jgmencarini | Jul 12, 2021 |
A seemingly lighthearted story with a quite profound and serious focus on the role of Asian and Asian Americans in American society ... as the story goes, we are neither black nor white.

4/5 stars ( )
  geoff79 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Brilliant pairing of screenplay style with metaphorical and explicit actions to explore interior and exterior racism of Asians in America. ( )
  libq | Jul 5, 2021 |
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If a film needed an exotic backdrop . . . Chinatown could be made to represent itself or any other Chinatown in the world. Even today, it stands in for the ambiguous Asian anywhere. - Bonnie Tsui
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Ever since you were a boy, you've dreamt of being Kung Fu Guy.
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"One of the funniest books of the year has arrived, a delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire." --The Washington Post "Fresh and beautiful . . . Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition." --Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even 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 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. 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. At least that's what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more.   Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu's most moving, daring, and masterly novel yet.

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