East Goes West
East Goes West
Younghill Kang

Foreword by Alexander Chee
Afterword by Sunyoung Lee


Recommended by Paul

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.

Title East Goes West
Author Younghill Kang
Foreword by Alexander Chee
Afterword by Sunyoung Lee
Publisher Penguin Classics
Title First Published 21 May 2019
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 0143134302
ISBN-13 9780143134305
Publication Date 21 May 2019
Weight 16 oz.
 


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