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East goes West : the making of an oriental Yankee

Author: Younghill Kang; Alexander Chee; Sunyoung Lee
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Books, 2019. ©2019
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Having fled Japanese-occupied Korea for the gleaming promise of the United States with nothing but four dollars and a suitcase full of Shakespeare to his name, the young, idealistic Chungpa Han arrives in a New York teeming with expatriates, businessmen, students, scholars, and indigents. Struggling to support his studies, he travels throughout the United States and Canada, becoming by turns a traveling salesman, a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographical fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kang, Younghill, 1903-1972, author.
East goes West
New York : Penguin Books, 2019
(DLC) 2019010397
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Younghill Kang; Alexander Chee; Sunyoung Lee
ISBN: 9780143134305 0143134302 9780525506119 052550611X
OCLC Number: 1089257980
Description: xxxviii, 389 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Responsibility: Younghill Kang ; foreword by Alexander Chee ; afterword by Sunyoung Lee.

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"Having fled Japanese-occupied Korea for the gleaming promise of the United States with nothing but four dollars and a suitcase full of Shakespeare to his name, the young, idealistic Chungpa Han arrives in a New York teeming with expatriates, businessmen, students, scholars, and indigents. Struggling to support his studies, he travels throughout the United States and Canada, becoming by turns a traveling salesman, a domestic worker, and a farmer, and observing along the way the idealism, greed, and shifting values of the industrializing twentieth century. Part picaresque adventure, part shrewd social commentary, East Goes West casts a sharply satirical eye on the demands and perils of assimilation. It is a masterpiece not only of Asian American literature but also of American literature"--

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"A Nabokovian stylistic tour de force." --Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night and How to Write an Autobiographical Novel "The story of Chungpa Han is truly, like the old New York he Read more...

 
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