Interior Chinatown

Registered by wingmathgirl40wing of Waterloo, Ontario Canada on 12/24/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmathgirl40wing from Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, December 24, 2020
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Journal Entry 2 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, December 24, 2020
This book recently won the US National Book Award and came to my attention because it is on the shortlist of the Tournament of Books, an event I follow closely every year. I loved it and think it deserves all the accolades it has received.

The book is a satire about an American actor living in Chinatown who always gets cast for roles such as Generic Asian Man or Dead Asian Man but who dreams of eventually becoming Kung Fu Guy. Yu specifically explores the challenges and stereotypes that Asian Americans face, but I believe the ideas are relevant to the immigrant experience in general.

I have chosen this book for the Favourite Book of 2020 Roundabout. I hope the other participants will find the book a thought-provoking and entertaining read and not find the unusual format too strange!

Journal Entry 3 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, December 24, 2020
Here is the reading order for the roundabout:

1. Math-Girl40 Canada
2. Mcsar Canada
3. Valpete USA
4. Icila France
5. Paulanni Finland
6. grovalskii Germany
7. Fifna Netherlands
8. Dark-Draco UK
9. Cross-Patch UK
10. Earthcaroleanne UK
11. Poodlesister UK
12. greenbadger UK

Journal Entry 4 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, December 24, 2020

Released 10 mos ago (12/24/2020 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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This book is on its way to mcsar now.

Journal Entry 5 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, January 3, 2021
The book is with me. This looks like a great start to another year of favourites.

Journal Entry 6 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, February 13, 2021
Thanks for sharing another good find on this roundabout. I love the unusual format and think it clever. The author handles the identity crisis of the immigrant in good humour without losing insight. Some of the lines are so true it is painful to read.

Journal Entry 7 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, February 19, 2021

Released 8 mos ago (2/18/2021 UTC) at Richmond, British Columbia Canada

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Finally on its way to valpete. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 8 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Friday, February 26, 2021
Received. I haven't heard of this one. Look forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 9 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Thursday, March 11, 2021

Released 7 mos ago (3/11/2021 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

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I found the style of this book to be distracting. It certainly gave me some keen insights to the plight of immigrants. It's off to Icila. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, March 19, 2021
And here it is with a fellow whishlist book, thank you valpete !

Journal Entry 11 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, March 22, 2021
I read it like a screenplay. I think I saw the point.

Journal Entry 12 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, March 22, 2021

Released 7 mos ago (3/23/2021 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way to Paulanii in Finland along with mcsar's book.

Journal Entry 13 by wingPaulanniwing at Riihimäki, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland on Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Both books arrived safely today, after a slow travel. This is new to me, and I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 14 by wingPaulanniwing at Riihimäki, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland on Sunday, June 13, 2021

Released 4 mos ago (6/13/2021 UTC) at Riihimäki, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland

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This book left me with mixed feelings. I found it first a bit hard to engage in the story as I had difficulties in hopping between movie parts and real life of the actors. But it got easier and better when I got to the section where the Taiwanese immigrants shared their life stories. The structure was challenging for me, but I did like the mixing of prose and drama. Some of the insights were poignant, and I had never before thought of the issues of Asian immigrants in the black and white world.

All in all, I am glad to have read the book. Another one I doubt I would have stumbled on if it had not been offered in the Roundabout.

Off it goes to grovalskii.

Journal Entry 15 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Another book in the roundabout! This one looks different. The font alone tells me it won't be a "normal" book. :) Looking forward to reading this!

Journal Entry 16 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Saturday, July 10, 2021
Absolutely loved the book! What an ingenious way to tell the story. To me, the format of the movie script drove the point home even more. The attempt to become a certain person/get a certain part in the script, the point that once you got that part, it's not really what you thought it would be, the fact that if you don't look like the rest you get put into a certain box, I thought it was a very fitting way to convey the meaning. In the end, this is the story of Chinese Americans, but it could be translated to any immigrants in any nation. Very appropriate subject for our time and age. Thank you mathgirl40 for sharing!

Journal Entry 17 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Saturday, July 17, 2021

Released 3 mos ago (7/16/2021 UTC) at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany

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Oh oops, forgot to journal that I put the book in the mail a couple of days ago. It should already be almost at Fifna's place. :)

Journal Entry 18 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, July 20, 2021
And it's here. Thanks, grovalskii!

Journal Entry 19 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, August 9, 2021
Both funny and sad, and a good way to get people to think about how immigrants are treated. The screenplay format sometimes grated a little, but it was such a good device to show how the lines between the characters lives and the roles they played blurred. A good pick for the roundabout - thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 20 by wingFifnawing at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Monday, August 9, 2021

Released 2 mos ago (8/9/2021 UTC) at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom

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On its way to dark-draco.

Journal Entry 21 by wingdark-dracowing at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Monday, August 16, 2021
Received … thank you.

Journal Entry 22 by wingdark-dracowing at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Hmmm. Well, you can't say that this author isn't original. The tone and style of this book is like nothing I've ever read before, even if the themes have been. But the humour in which Yu approaches it has to make you smile, even if you are not from the culture he so intimately describes. The sterotyping of 'Asian Guy' into a few cast roles in life/fictional TV shows, is instantly recognisable (although, I would argue, that if you take this on face value as being about acting, then all wannabe actors probably go through the same sort of roles) - with Kung Fu Guy being the ultimate ambition that any young man should aim for. And 'Black and White' is everything that is wrong with a lot of mainstream TV and Movies.

Overall, an enjoyable, humourous read with a not so subtle 'message'.

Journal Entry 23 by wingdark-dracowing at Book Roundabout , -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (9/14/2021 UTC) at Book Roundabout , -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Off to the next reader in the roundabout


Journal Entry 24 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 18, 2021
This was a surprise arrival, right on the tail of mcsar’s book that I have just started to read - quite small print, so I will have to take my time!

Journal Entry 25 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 6, 2021
What a refreshing approach. Totally enjoyable. Thank you for offering it as part of this Roundabout.

Released 2 wks ago (10/6/2021 UTC) at -- By Post or by Hand--, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Ready for its next reader.

Journal Entry 27 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, October 10, 2021
Arrived yesterday. Thank you.

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