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Wesley Yang, author of "The Souls of Yellow Folk"

  • Dates: February 6, 2020
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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    "The Asian man is an 'honorary white' person who will always be denied the full perquisites of whiteness." -- Wesley Yang

    The NYS Writers Institute presents a conversation with National Magazine Award-winning essayist Wesley Yang, author of The Souls of Yellow Folk (2018), a powerful collection of essays about the biases faced by Asian Americans, and the peculiar racial anxieties awakened in the larger public by their successes. 

    The collection includes his prescient essay “The Face of Seung-Hui Cho,” in which he explores the deranged logic of the Virginia Tech shooter; and the National Magazine Award–winning “Paper Tigers,” a look at the intersection of Asian values and the American dream, and the inner torment of the child exposed to “tiger mother” parenting. 

    The collection was named among the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Spectator. Booklist praised his work: “Yang writes with elegance and a fearless interest in the uncommon and unsayable.” and Publishers Weekly wrote, "“Incisive and provocative…Yang provides piercing, prickly insight into the challenges Asian-Americans face from racial and cultural bias, with literary style.”

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