Lansing Community College

In partnership with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), the Lansing Community College Library brings you Beyond the Book, a community reading program for the LCC community. Beyond the Book is focused on embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through exploring books with themes related to gender and self-identity, cultural perspectives, accessibility, advocacy, and/or racial inequity, while fostering a greater sense of community.

During the 2023-2024 academic year, we will read Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu:

Interior Chinatown centers on Willis Wu, a young, modern, Asian American man who dreams of becoming a Hollywood star but feels stuck playing background "Generic Asian Man" roles. The Beyond the Book steering committee hopes that you will enjoy this bestselling and National Book Award-winning work of fiction distinctively written in the form of a screenplay. The book's themes include racism, stereotype and racial performance, immigration, assimilation, family, and popular culture.

While supplies last, free copies of the book will be provided to LCC students and employees. Individuals can pick up a copy at the library, and faculty and campus group leaders can request a set of books for reading and discussion. Beyond the Book strives to create an enjoyable and mind-expanding reading experience both inside and outside the classroom. Everyone in the LCC community is encouraged to read and engage with Interior Chinatown in the 2023-2024 academic year; please feel free to attend program events, even if you have not read the book yet or completely.

Check back for information on events to take place during the fall and spring semesters and for the library's research guide, which will include engaging resources for personal enjoyment and building curriculum.

interior chinatown by charles yu
Interior Chinatown

by Charles Yu

Research Guide

Use the Beyond the Book Research Guide to learn more about the book and explore related themes.


Have questions?

Contact librarian Caitlyn Stypa at

Gannon Building

Centre for Engaged Inclusion

Phone: 517-483-9804

Arts and Sciences Building, Room 1313

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