Interior Chinatown

Interior Chinatown

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.

Title:Interior Chinatown
ISBN:9780307907196
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    Interior Chinatown Reviews

  • Roxane

    Wildly innovative; a perfect marriage of form and function....

  • Faith

    This book is brilliant. It shows what you can do when you write with perception, humor and creativity about something you have experienced and understand intimately. No cultural appropriation here. He...

  • Elyse  Walters

    update: CONGRATS... nominated a National book award!!Generic Asian man, Golden palace, ethnic recurringStriving immigrant, kung Fu dad, The chase seven missing Asian, ChinatownI had no idea what to ex...

  • Sofia

    *inhales sharply* *screams*This book makes me feel seen. Interior Chinatown is a humorous look at Asians in film and the roles Asians in general are forced to play. There's Kung Fu Guy, Generic Asian ...

  • Charlie Jane Anders

    Wow, I love this book so much. Most books are lucky to be either clever or deep, but Interior Chinatown is both, and makes it look easy. Charles Yu has so much to say about the formulas that make up p...

  • Meike

    Now Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction 2020You have to applaud Yu for crafting a unique narrative set-up: His novel merges the storyline of a TV crime procedural with the life of a young ma...

  • Blaine

    The question is: Who gets to be an American? What does an American look like? We’re trapped as guest stars in a small ghetto on a very special episode. Minor characters locked into a story that does...

  • Bkwmlee

    This was definitely a “different” reading experience for me, one that was filled with playful jabs at Hollywood and the stereotypes that are so prevalently applied to Asians in modern society. Wri...

  • lark benobi

    This work is marketed as a novel, laid out as a screenplay, and requires the concentration of poetry.On its surface the work (I hesitate to call it a novel) seems to be a critique of typecasting in th...

  • Matthew

    INT. BOOKSTOREPer usual you walked in with a list. But the list this time around wasn’t comprised of suggestions from friends and/or fellow Goodreaders. Nor was it comprised of the latest must-have ...