Someone posted this interview with Don Lee today on FB. In the article, he is interviewed by Christine Lee Zilka, who is an editor at Kartika.
I probably disagree with a lot of what he says in the interview concerning the role of literature in Asian America (I just don’t think we’re there yet nor will we be for a while, but to be fair, most Asian Americans probably disagree with me and agree with Don Lee), but it’s a great interview. As far as his new book the Collective, it’s probably the title that I’m most anticipating in Asian American lit this year. I’ve got just one book ahead of it on my list–and yes, I anticipate a review/discussion. See here for a short synopsis of The Collective:
Joshua Yoon seems larger than life to his classmates at Macalester College, especially to those who will become his closest friends, narrator Eric Cho and the gorgeous Jessica Tsai. Bawdy, brainy, generous, and manipulative, he rallies them to stand up for themselves as Asian Americans, as nonconformists, as artists meant to break all the rules in the pursuit of truth and perfection. Little do they know the effect he will have on the rest of their lives.
Years later, the three friends reunite in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Joshua once again binds them together by forming a group called the 3AC, the Asian American Artists Collective. As the collective grows, work and love affairs war with ambition, yet the core members of the 3AC manage to sustain their idealism. That is, until Joshua—ever the provocateur—cannot resist manipulating a series of events that will blow their friendships apart, and ultimately devastate even the lives of strangers.