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‘One Book, One Community’ Events with Author Charles Yu, Oct. 6

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Featured one bookStony Brook’s annual One Book, One Community program is a fun and innovative way to unite the university and neighboring communities through shared reading and conversation. Through the program, readers will receive a free copy of a book that explores important cultural, social and ethical issues. This year’s book is Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, who will be on campus for two exciting events on Wednesday, October 6.

Drawing on his experience as a fiction writer and as a writer and producer for television, Yu will share his thoughts on identity, assimilation, cultural representation and more.

A Campus Community Discussion with Charles Yu
Wednesday, October 6, 1 pm, Staller Center

Author Charles Yu
Author Charles Yu

This event is open to SBU faculty, staff and students.
In a moderated Q&A, National Book Award winner and Westworld writer Charles Yu will field questions from the audience and dig deeper into the importance of themes centered on diversity and inclusivity in his book Interior Chinatown. Yu also will share his thoughts on topics such as the model minority myth, identity, his journey and anti-Asian sentiment in the United States.

Moderator: Nerissa Balce, Associate Professor, Asian/Asian American Studies

Click here to register for the 1 pm event.

A Conversation with Charles Yu
Wednesday, October 6, 5 pm, Staller Center

This event is free and open to the public.
Drawing on his experience as a fiction writer and television writer and producer, National Book Award Winner Charles Yu will discuss his acclaimed novel Interior Chinatown and the issues of immigration, assimilation and representation that animate his storytelling. In this moderated conversation, Yu unpacks the role of the family story in his work and the confining weight of stereotypes in film and television that continue today.

Opening Remarks: Shirley Jennifer Lim, Professor of History; Affiliate Faculty in Women and Gender Studies, Africana Studies and Asian/Asian American Studies
Moderator: Judi Brown Clarke, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Book Signing: 6 pm to 6:45 pm
Post-event Reception: 6 pm to 7 pm, outside Staller Center (hors d’oeuvres will be served)
All in attendance will have exclusive access to the Dos Mundos: (Re)Constructing Narratives exhibit, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center.

Click here to register for the 5 pm event.

For more information about the program, author, and how to obtain a free copy of Interior Chinatown and/or see a schedule of events, please visit

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