BookBrowse Reviews Everything Asian by Sung J. Woo

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Everything Asian

A Novel

by Sung J. Woo

Everything Asian
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2009, 336 pages
    Paperback:
    Jul 2010, 336 pages

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Beth Hemke Shapiro

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Culture clash seen through the eyes of a young Korean immigrant in New Jersey; for adults

When I glanced at the cover of Everything Asian, which features a grinning adolescent Asian boy about to devour a huge hamburger, I envisioned a book about twelve-year-old David Kim's culture clashes as a newly arrived Korean immigrant in the United States. I was right; the book is filled with Korean practices juxtaposed against experiences in this country. But it is a book overflowing with so much more than that, too. Sung J. Woo writes not only from David's perspective, but also from the standpoint of the many characters David knows from the Peddlers Town mall, the microcosm of America where the Kim family's gift shop is located.

Holding an MFA degree from New York University, Woo has published many of his essays and short stories in The New York Times...

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