“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine becoming a successful anything, let alone a comedian. I fully expected to be a huge disappointment.
Life’s first disappointment was my name. My real name isn’t Sirius. My Chinese name is pronounced “whore.” Hor Luk Lee.
I was born in America.
Your grandparents saw Sixteen Candles. They were quite familiar with Long Duk Dong.
They named me Hor anyway.”
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“On this show we speak with Leland Cheuk about his new book “No Good Very Bad Asian.” Leland recalls his experience doing standup comedy for several years in New York City. He also talks about his relationship with his own family and his changed vision after traveling to China.”
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“No Good Very Bad Asian is Leland’s third work of fiction, following his novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, and a collection of short stories, Letters from Dinosaurs. His writing has appeared in Salon, Catapult, Joyland Magazine, Literary Hub, Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner. He’s been awarded fellowships at The MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle, and Djerassi. Leland also runs the indie press 7.13 Books, which publishes debut literary fiction, and teaches at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute.
In the words of writer Ed Lin: ‘Leland Cheuk’s No Good Very Bad Asian tears the tarp from the Asian American experience and exposes its deepest desires and fears. It articulates perfectly the amusements that make the entire room uncomfortable. Cringing never felt so good.'”
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“Well, it’s November, and the days are growing shorter and shorter. (Assuming you’re in the northern hemisphere, at least.) We’d say that this group of books are an array of doorstoppers, suitable for curling up by the fire, but that’s not entirely true; most of these books are quite trim, in fact. They do represent a wide array of styles, however: from comic novels to incisive cultural studies; from surreal fiction in translation to candid usage of the essay form. Here are a few of the November books we’re most excited about.”
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“A showbiz crack-up tale with a heart…”
“Sirius Lee isn’t your stereotypical bookish Asian American dude. An outspoken and confrontational comedian, he has popular stand-up albums and appearances in Hollywood blockbusters on his résumé. But underneath the jokes, his wreck of a life is no laughing matter. Leland Cheuk’s zippy, acerbic novel No Good Very Bad Asian is framed as a letter to Lee’s estranged daughter; it focuses on his successes and disasters.”
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