MOCAREADS A Floating Chinaman: A Reading and Conversation with Hua Hsu

Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tickets (include museum admission): $10/adult; $5/student & senior; free for MOCA members

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“It’s no secret that Hua Hsu is one of the finest cultural critics writing today. Now, in the barely-remembered Chinese-American H. T. Tsiang, Hsu has found a fascinating, unruly figure worthy of his own prodigious gifts” -Ed Park, author of Personal Days


Join scholar and New Yorker contributor Hua Hsu as he reads from his first book, A Floating Chinaman. It’s an imaginative history of America’s sudden fascination with China in the 1930s, told through a playful tapestry of voices: best-selling authors and publishing house power brokers, oil company bosses and their trusty Chinese translators, snooping F.B.I. agents and wide-eyed exchange students. Floating in the margins: H.T. Tsiang, a Chinese immigrant writer frustrated with American scene, slowly growing into his wise-ass ways, self-publishing his “American odysseys” and selling them in the streets of New York City. The reading will be followed by a conversation between Hua Hsu and Ed Park.


Hua Hsu teaches at Vassar College and is a contributor to the New Yorker. He is currently a Fellow at the New America Foundation and a board member at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. A Floating Chinaman is his first book.