Drawing on his experience as a fiction writer and as a writer and producer for television, Charles Yu discusses his acclaimed novel Interior Chinatown (winner of the 2020 National Book Award) and the issues of immigration, assimilation, and representation that animate his storytelling. Yu unpacks the role of the family story in his work and the confining weight of stereotypes in film and television that continue today.
--Charles Yu is the author of four books, including Interior Chinatown (the winner of the 2020 National Book Award for fiction), and the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year). 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. Together with TaiwaneseAmerican.org, he established the Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Writing Prizes, in honor of his parents.