After going through his life as Generic Asian Man, Willis Wu is finally making his way up the acting ladder. He just might beome the one thing he’s always dreamed: Kung Fu Guy. Along the way, he learns how his parents met and how they felt about living a “generic” life. Willis wants to defy steretypes, but is that even possible for an Asian American?
Charles Yu’s novel is told in a completely unique voice, with both humor and a touch of magical realism. There is a fine line between Willis’s acting world and the real world, both of which are generic and racist. Satire is often a brilliant method of exposing very real problems and Yu has done that beautifully.
4 out of 5 stars.
Pair with: A very light beer