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Unique due to the screenplay format, I found the plot lacking as much as the characters. There's really not much to say about it other than it wasn't what I hoped for. Different strokes for different folks! ( )
Winner of the National Book Award, Interior Chinatown portrays the Asian immigrant experience through the metaphor of a Hollywood screenplay, skillfully drawing on all the stereotypes loaded onto Asian Americans. This book is just brilliant.
I don’t think I could fully appreciate this one, but I can understand what Mr. Yu was trying to accomplish for his readers.
Protagonist Willis Wu is an Asian-American actor who plays “Generic Asian Man” and dreams of one day playing “Kung-Fu Guy.” He has been cast in an ongoing role in the television series Black and White, set in the Golden Palace restaurant. In his personal life, he cares for his aging father and develops a romantic relationship. It is social commentary on race from an Asian-American perspective.
This book has an unusual structure. It takes the form of a screenplay. At times, it is a “screenplay within a screenplay” that plays out in Willis’ thoughts. It satirizes Asian stereotypes perpetuated by Hollywood and the US in general. It plays with the idea that each person is the star of his or her own life. It contains flashes of humor and insight into the human behavior. I found it clever and worth reading but did not particularly care for the emphasis on structure over story.
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Charles Yu’s funny and surreal new novel, Interior Chinatown, hijacks the leaden tropes of Hollywood and the bare form of screenwriting to excavate the inner life of an Asian American man struggling to repudiate the hard-baked boundaries of marginalization.... Willis embodies the ambient anxiety of lacking an explicit identity—Asian Americans take up what Cathy Park Hong calls “apologetic space”—which Yu gestures toward humorously in these ironic naming choices. Willis’s mother once was a Pretty Oriental Flower and a Restaurant Hostess, his father a Kung Fu Master and an Egg Roll Cook....Getting cast as Kung Fu Guy was never the challenge Willis made it out to be. What actually eludes him—and his family, friends, and neighbors who populate Interior Chinatown—is real, emotional freedom.... there are a few places where we catch its glimmers: a karaoke song performed while intoxicated, a love that has forgiving margins, an identity that asserts itself without performance.
On the surface, Yu’s title refers to a location setting, in this case a generic Chinese restaurant in a generic Chinatown in a fictional police series entitled White and Black. The protagonist Willis Wu, a veteran of bit parts ranging from Disgraced Son to Striving Immigrant, finds himself at a murder scene in a family restaurant playing yet another variation of Generic Asian Man.... Yu freely weaves satire with social commentary, speculative fiction with identity politics. Without leaving its fantasy world, the story often turns bracingly real. Though much of his protagonist’s insecurities are narrowly focused—not just Asian, but specifically Asian American—his accumulation of concerns becomes surprisingly and relatably inclusive.
CHARLES YU SPECIALIZES in ferreting out that peculiar angle, that spark of the unexpected, that re-illumination of an otherwise age-old narrative, and then taking that fantastical story element and spreading it horizontally until it coats the entirety of his writing’s universe. In other words, he writes in conceit.... It’s speculative in its surreal setting. It’s family drama in the centrality of family relationships. It’s satire in its political and social commentary. It’s comedic. It’s literary. It’s weird and experimental. It’s an identity story couched in a kind of a fantasy setting, a kind of a George Saundersesque alternate reality. It’s all of those things, but maybe mostly, it’s allegory. And Yu does allegory as well as anybody, taking an outrageous concept and using it to communicate the dire mundanity and the resonant emotional struggles of the human experience.
An acid indictment of Asian stereotypes and a parable for outcasts feeling invisible in this fast-moving world.
Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even 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 he is always 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. At least that's what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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