An Evening with Charles Yu

Event Date: 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Zoom webinar sponsored by Chaucer's Books

In partnership with Chaucer's Books, Professor Sameer Pandya will be hosting a virtual conversation with author Charles Yu, winner of the 2020 National Book Award for his novel Interior Chinatown. The event will start at 6pm this Wednesday, Dec. 2.

To join this webinar, please click here:

Or open your Zoom account and type in the Webinar ID Number:  941 2809 5492

Summary of INTERIOR CHINATOWN from Chaucer's Books:

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. 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 highest aspiration he can imagine for a Chinatown denizen. 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, and what that means for him, in today’s America.

Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes–Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.