Skip to content ‘Interior Chinatown’ author Charles Yu reflects on the Asian American experience and living in Irvine

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Willis Wu has always dreamed of becoming a star.

Instead, he’s only ever cast as Background Oriental Male, Dead Asian Man or Generic Asian Man Number One.

“You have so few chances to have an Asian character on screen, especially an Asian male,” Yu said.

(Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)Irvine, a city whose population is 45 percent Asian American, is the largest city in the continental U.S. with an Asian American plurality.

Near the end of the novel, Willis Wu says, “If someone showed you my picture on the street, how would you describe it?

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