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Interior Chinatown: Screenwriting, Representation, and Identity

Wed, October 27, 2021
Dinner Program
Charles Yu

Drawing on his experience as a fiction writer and as a writer and producer for television, Charles Yu discusses his acclaimed novel "Interior Chinatown" and the issues of immigration, assimilation, and representation that animate his storytelling. Yu also unpacks the role of the family story in his work and the weight of stereotypes in film and television that continue today.

Photo credit: Tina Chiou

Charles Yu is the author of the critically acclaimed novel “Interior Chinatown,” a National Book Award winner that explores the confining stereotypes of Asian Americans in Hollywood and in American culture more broadly. Yu is also a television screenwriter and the author of three other books, including “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe,” which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best books of the year by Time magazine.

He received the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications. Yu speaks to audiences of all kinds about the Asian American experience, representation and stereotypes in film and television.

Mr. Yu's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, both at CMC.

Photo credit: Tina Chiou

Source: Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau website


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