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Race, immigration and pop culture come together in 2023-2024 Beyond the Book title

Cover of Interior Chinatown and portrait of author Charles Yu

You’re invited to join LCC for our next Beyond the Book community read, “Interior Chinatown,” by Charles Yu. Written in the form of a screenplay, Yu writes about race, immigration, assimilation, stereotypes and pop culture in this hilarious and heart-breaking work of fiction.

Penguin Random House provides this premise: “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 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.”

LCC’s 2023-2024 Beyond the Book programming will include events, free copies of the book and more. Stay tuned for details as we move toward the fall semester!


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