Book Review: Interior Chinatown

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