Incoming Class of 2022 Featured Work

Interior Chinatown

Charles Yu

In this genre-bending book, all the world’s a stage, and all the people merely players. Some have named starring roles. Others are limited to nonspeaking background roles such as Ethnic Recurring, Generic Asian Man Number Three, and Delivery Guy. Such are the roles available to our protagonist, Willis Wu, whose highest aspiration is to become Kung Fu Guy in the long-running television series Black and White. By the end of the book, Willis comes to recognize the invisible, historical forces circumscribing his world, and struggles with what it would mean to break free and go off-script—to understand “How to feel, how to be yourself. Not how to perform or act. How to be”—and invites us to do the same. Exploring an American history of immigration, marginalization, assimilation, racism, and mass media, Interior Chinatown asks, “Who gets to be an American? What does an American look like?”

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On the Same Page Presents – Interior Chinatown: An Evening with Charles Yu and Philip Kan Gotanda

Friday, August 26, 2022 | 7-8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Meet the author live and in person!

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New students (first-year admits and transfers) received an email in June 2022 with a unique redemption link to download a free copy of this year’s book. Active Senate faculty received an email in April 2022 with a unique redemption link to download a free copy of this year’s book.

International students: need help accessing your copy of this year’s book? Refer to this resource: Redemption code instructions for international students


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We are excited to announce that in 2022, @UCBerkeley will be on the same page with @charles_yu, author of Interior Chinatown.

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