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The Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian Kang

The Loneliest Americans

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The Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian Kang
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Oct 12, 2021 | ISBN 9780525576228

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“Asian Americans will never be white Americans, but why do some Asian Americans try? What is an Asian American anyway? Jay Caspian Kang’s The Loneliest Americans is a smart, vulnerable, and incisive exploration of what it means for this writer—a child of Korean immigrants—to assimilate and aspire while being critical of his membership in his community of origin, in his political tribe, and in America.”—Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko

“From courtrooms to classrooms, Reddit threads to Kang’s own family history, The Loneliest Americans fearlessly, voraciously probes the foundations of the Asian American experience, not to disavow it but to conjure bracing new visions of community and solidarity.”—Hua Hsu, author of A Floating Chinaman

“Jay Caspian Kang’s singular voice combines Salingeresque charm with simmering rage, deadpan hilarity, and laser brilliance as he examines the conflicted efforts of upwardly mobile Asian Americans to find their place in the Black-white binary of American racial struggle and politics. Readers from other ‘inconvenient’ minorities will definitely relate. Kang leads us to a smarter, more compassionate and consequential place to take a stand.”—Francisco Goldman, author of Monkey Boy

“Thought-provoking, bold, incisive, and intelligent—I don’t have enough adjectives for Jay Caspian Kang’s work or the sheer pleasure of reading his prose. This is a book sure to start, inform, and enrich many conversations.”—Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown

“Jay Caspian Kang is an unmissable interrogator of contemporary identity politics: sharp, conflicted, allergic to sanctimony, and unsparing most of all when he looks at himself. The Loneliest Americans lays out the seductions of protective self-interest that must be overcome if Asians in America hope to establish a politics of broad radical solidarity.”—Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror

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