WATCH: Elaine Hsieh Chou and Larissa Pham on Power, Complicity, and Rage
Hosted by Greenlight Bookstore
Elaine Hsieh Chou presents her debut novel, Disorientation—an uproarious and bighearted story of a Taiwanese American woman’s coming-of-consciousness that ignites chaos on a college campus. Twenty-nine-year-old PhD student Ingrid Yang is desperate to finish her dissertation on the late canonical poet Xiao-Wen Chou and never read about “Chinese-y” things again.
But after years of grueling research, all she has to show for her efforts are junk food addiction and stomach pain. When she accidentally stumbles upon a curious note in the Chou archives one afternoon, she convinces herself it’s her ticket out of academic hell. But Ingrid’s in much deeper than she thinks. Her clumsy exploits to unravel the note’s message lead to an explosive discovery, upending not only her sheltered life within academia but her entire world beyond it.
Chou is joined in conversation with Brooklyn artist and author of Pop Song Larissa Pham, for an exploration of privilege and power in America, individual complicity, unspoken rage, and who gets to tell our stories.
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