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
GenreWriting, Essays, Nonfiction, Race, Social Issues, Cultural

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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Sandy Masia
    Wesley Young is really articulate, his sharp use of words allows him to capture vividly all the things he discusses. He is a keen observer of people, societies, interpersonal dynamics, behavior and trends. He has an uncanny ability - in his use of diction, tone and syntax - to make what he implies speak more powerfully than what he actually writes, there is power in that. On a couple of essays he offers powerful insights of what it's like to be a...
  • 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, ...
  • 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.
  • Dawn
    I've never heard these facts articulated. Racism against Asians is so downplayed.