Four Evenings Discussion: Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown

Four Evenings - Global Literary Encounters
Activity Type: 
Panel Discussion
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Dr. Kirsten Strayer, Program Coordinator, SCREENSHOT: Asia at University of Pittsburgh
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 18:00
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As Scheduled
Contact Person: 
Maja Konitzer
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Free and Open to the Public w/ registration

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, GSC is again hosting "Four Evenings" pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in a global perspective. The series is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Open to series subscribers and the Pitt community, these evening discussions, led by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues in a virtual setting. A limited number of tickets to the author lectures is available.

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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? 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.

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UCIS Unit: 
Global Studies Center
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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Non-University Sponsors: 
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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