Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet; it is written in the form of a television screenplay. 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 discovers the secret history of Chinatown and the buried legacy of his own family.
This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Dennis Kratz, Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.
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