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East goes West : the making of an oriental Yankee / Younghill Kang ; foreword by Alexander Chee ; afterword by Sunyoung Lee.
Kang, Younghill, 1898-1972
[New York] : Penguin Books, 2019.
xxxviii, 389 pages ; 20 cm.
Emigration and immigration
New York (N.Y.)
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
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