The Souls of Yellow Folk

The Souls of Yellow Folk

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One of the most acclaimed essayists of his generation, Wesley Yang writes about race and sex without the jargon, formulas, and polite lies that bore us all. His powerful debut, The Souls of Yellow Folk, does more than collect a decade's worth of cult-reputation essays-it corrals new American herds of pickup artists, school shooters, mandarin zombies, and immigrant strivers, and exposes them to scrutiny, empathy, and polemical force.

In his celebrated and prescient essay "The Face of Seung-Hui Cho," Yang explores the deranged logic of the Virginia Tech shooter. In his National Magazine Award-winning "Paper Tigers," he explores the intersection of Asian values and the American dream, and the inner torment of the child exposed to "tiger mother" parenting. And in his close reading of New York Magazine's popular Sex Diaries, he was among the first critics to take seriously today's Internet-mediated dating lives.

Yang catches these ugly trends early because he has felt at various times implicated in them, and he does not exempt himself from his radical honesty. His essays retain the thrill of discovery, the wary eye of the first explorer, and the rueful admission of the first exposed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781977363480
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Wesley Yang has published criticism, essays, and nonfiction features in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and elsewhere. His work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Magazine Writing, Best Creative Nonfiction, and Best American Nonrequired Reading.

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, David Shih narrated the History Channel documentary China's First Emperor and the Discovery Networks series Royal Inquest. His many television and film credits include roles in The Path, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, All My Children, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Saving Face.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I

1 The Face of Seung-Hui Cho 3

2 Paper Tigers 29

3 Eddie Huang Against the World 61

Part II

4 The Life and Afterlife of Aaron Swartz 81

5 The Liveliest Mind in New York 100

6 The Terrorist Search Engine 117

7 On Francis Fukuyama 134

Part III

8 Inside the Box 145

9 On Reading the Sex Diaries 152

10 Game Theory 168

Part IV

11 We Out Here 191

12 Is It OK to Be White? 198

13 What Is White Supremacy? 207

Acknowledgments 217

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