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Everything I Learned I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant
Everything I Learned I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant

Tue, Dec 12

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Under the Umbrella Bookstore

Everything I Learned I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant

Join author Curtis Chin for a reading and signing of his book, Everything I Learned I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant.

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Time & Location

Dec 12, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Under the Umbrella Bookstore, 511 W 200 S Suite 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

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About the Event

Join us for an evening at the bookstore in discussion with author Curtis Chin. Chin will be reading from and discussing his memoir "Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant," the story of Chin's time growing up as a gay Chinese American kid in 1980's Detroit. Books will be available for purchase and Chin will sign them following the reading. 

This event is presented along with OCA Asian Pacific Islander American Advocates Utah. Light refreshments will be provided. 

About Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant

Nineteen eighties Detroit was a volatile place to live, but above the fray stood a safe haven: Chung’s Cantonese Cuisine, where anyone—from the city’s first Black mayor to the local drag queens, from a big-time Hollywood star to elderly Jewish couples—could sit down for a warm, home-cooked meal. Here was where, beneath a bright-red awning and surrounded by his multigenerational family, filmmaker and activist Curtis Chin came of age; where he learned to embrace his identity as a gay ABC, or American-born Chinese; where he navigated the divided city’s spiraling misfortunes; and where—between helpings of almond boneless chicken, sweet-and-sour pork, and some of his own, less-savory culinary concoctions—he realized just how much he had to offer to the world, to his beloved family, and to himself.  Served up by the cofounder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and structured around the very menu that graced the tables of Chung’s, Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant is both a memoir and an invitation: to step inside one boy’s childhood oasis, scoot into a vinyl booth, and grow up with him—and perhaps even share something off the secret menu.

About Curtis Chin

A cofounder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, Curtis Chin served as the nonprofit’s first executive director. He went on to write for network television before transitioning to social-justice documentaries. Chin has screened his films at over six hundred venues in sixteen countries. He has written for CNN, Bon Appétit, and the Boston Globe’s Emancipator. A graduate of the University of Michigan and a former visiting scholar at New York University, Chin has received awards from ABC/Disney Television, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more. He can be found at CurtisfromDetroit.com.

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  • General Admission

    This event is free and open to the public, but requires advance RSVP!

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  • Book Ticket

    This ticket includes a copy of Curtis's book. Any amount above $33 will be donated to the store.

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