NYC – The Yin and Yang of Contemporary Asian American Culture

Gene Luen Yang, Wesley Yang, and Jeff Yang speak on Thursday October 6, 2011 from 6:30pm – 8pm at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).

Press Release:

This fall, MOCA brings together three provocative voices in contemporary Asian American culture. Please join acclaimed graphic novelist Gene Yang (Level Up; The Eternal Smile; American Born Chinese), New York Magazine contributing editor Wesley Yang (“Paper Tigers”) and author and columnist Jeff Yang (The San Francisco Chronicle’s “Asian Pop”) – all of whom happen to share the same last name – for a candid, no-holds-

barred discussion on current trending topics including the evolving nature of Asian American identity, the challenges of Asian masculinity and the perils (and promise) of “tiger” parenting.

Gene Yang’s first book, American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel ever to be nominated for a National Book Award. His most recent graphic novel, Level Up looks at the struggle of a young boy to live up to the expectations of his late father, with the help of a quartet of guardian angels. geneyang.com

Wesley Yang’s New York Magazine feature “Paper Tigers” — exploring the traumatic effects of traditional Asian parenting on second-generation offspring — became one of the year’s most talked about articles; he’s currently working on a book on the topic for Harper Collins.

Jeff Yang, veteran culture critic and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, has been at the center of covering the sometimes-controversial issues that both Gene and Wesley have raised in their work.

Admission: Free and open to the public, courtesy of TARGET. RSVP required to programs@mocanyc.org

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013