The Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang

The Souls of Yellow Folk

One of the most acclaimed essayists of his generation, Wesley Yang writes about race and sex without the jargon, formulas, and polite lies that bore us all. His powerful debut, The Souls of Yellow Folk, does more than collect a decade’s worth of cult-reputation essays—it corrals new American herds of pickup artists, school shooters, mandarin zombies, and immigrant strivers, and exposes them to scrutiny, empathy, and polemical force.In his cel...

Details The Souls of Yellow Folk

TitleThe Souls of Yellow Folk
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Race, Social Issues

Reviews The Souls of Yellow Folk

  • Teddy Kupfer
    Was able to get an advance copy thru work, but everything in here has been previously published, so I figure it's OK to write this. Man, what a good writer. First essay, "The Face of Seung-Hui Cho," is an intensely personal piece about what it is like to be an Asian American man in today's U.S.: to be someone who "knows what it's like to have a cultural code superimposed atop your face," a code that "abashes, nullifies, and unmans you." When he p...
  • John Pistelli
    It was once a pop-socio-psychological commonplace of American foreign-policy commentary that terrorism on behalf of political Islam was motivated less by ideology and more by an intractable reality of gender: young men with no prospects in their societies will inevitably become violently anti-social. Maybe people still say that about what used to be called "the Arab street," but the consensus in the west today is that males (and other longstandin...
  • Julie Powers
    I won this book in a giveaway. I found this book did just what I had hoped it would do - make me uncomfortable enough to challenge my political and racial views. The collection of essays were honest and spared no punches. I would recommend it to anyone willing to challenge their current views regarding racial inequality.
  • Jennifer
    It's not necessarily the quality of the writing that's an issue but the packaging and also the message of what's being said. Initially, I was very intrigued by what a book with this title (a riff off W.E.B DuBois' SOULS OF BLACK FOLK) may interrogate in race for Asian/Pacific Islanders, sadly it falls way below expectation. Essentially the title is WAY off base for this text and it would be better served to not try and cash in on Black awareness ...
  • Dawn
    I've never heard these facts articulated. Racism against Asians is so downplayed.
  • Katy
    Given the title, I was expecting this book to be about an Asian-American experience, but the majority of the book is a collection of Yang's essays on disparate topics that have nothing to do with Asian-American identity. 'The Souls of Yellow Folk' is such a misleading title, if not wholly appropriative for aligning Asian-American issues with black issues.
  • Ben Panico
    Received an ARC. Yang is a great writer with some really insightful comments on what it's like to be an Asian man in America. He definitely discusses a lot of issues that I've not read elsewhere, and for that, I appreciate the opportunity to read this book.That said, I was a little confused by some of the pieces included. There isn't a lot of flow from section to section, and I had trouble getting through the middle bits that seemed to have littl...
  • Kim
    ARC.I think Yang is going to make a fantastic True Crime writer some day. His passion is clear and True Crime fans will find several essays here of interest.I was not a fan of this book. I'm not a True Crime fan, and I couldn't shake the sense that Yang's worldview considers women relatively irrelevant and holds them in high reproach when they don't find that a scintillating personality trait. I suspect men will prefer this book more than women, ...
  • L.A.
    Not what you think it's going to be, but not bad.If you picked up this book expecting in-depth assessments of what it's like to be Asian American today, you're going to be disappointed. If you can get past that and read all the essays, however, you'll come away with some gems.Emphasis on "some." When Yang is good, he's really, really good. "Eddie Huang Against the World" and "The Life and Afterlife of Aaron Swartz" are very good. "Game Theory" is...
  • Jw513
    Yang is an incredibly gifted prose writer. The major downside of this book, if you're someone who enjoys reading his essays in general, is that there doesn't seem to be anything new here. It's just a selection of some of his particularly strong essays over the years. (And they are very strong.) But I felt a little disappointed that there wasn't any new material (as far as I could tell).
  • Chang Garcia
    Very disappointing.