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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Cormorant Books (Sept. 22 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896332218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896332215
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #353,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Banana Boys is about Canadian-born hosers of Chinese descent ... These are characters I've met in real life, but until now, never in the pop media." -- Rice Paper

"In delineating the banana boys' families, Woo provides us with the complex history of the Chinese in Canada in microcosm." -- The Vancouver Sun

"Woo's characters...quickly become endearing...they are the kinds of Asians that one can only hope to start seeing in popular culture. Funny, smart and human." -- Ubyssey

"Woo's perceptions of this subculture of men are self-depreciating, edgy, and triumphant, rendering Banana Boys a must-read for all Asian Americans." -- Yolk Magazine (USA) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Banana Boys was originally published by The Riverbank Press, which was acquired as an imprint of Cormorant Books in 2003.

Toronto-based production company FU-GEN Productions is currently mounting a stage production of Banana Boys. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mindme on Jan. 8 2005
Format: Paperback
Ah the plight of the Canadian Born Chinese (CBC) male who lives between two worlds. He envies the Chinese FOBs (Fresh Off the Boat) who all seem to have a lot of money and the latest fashions. He envies Asian women of any birth right who seem to only date white men. Can he get no respect? One would be tempted to call this the Asian Male Joy Luck Club but that comparison might make the author have fits.
The author does seem to dwell a little over much on white men/asian women coupling and seems to think the readers cares to hear time and time again what the author's favorite beer and favorite bands are.
Once you get past that, it's ultimately offering a fresh, funny perspective and worth the read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Washington on Jan. 21 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm the type to read 2 or 3 novels in a year. They usually take a lot of time and effort to get through.
Getting throught the almost 400 pages of Banana Boys though, took almost a week and a half; and I couldn't read fast enough. Each of the 5 main characters is a foil of modern Asian Canadian angst. At the same time each character's story animates the larger narrative. This story is not just for Bananas - yellow on the outside, white in the middle. This book is for everyone searching to find out how they and their peers are melting into the modern Canadian mosaic.
Highly recommended reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Most engaging book in years Jan. 21 2004
By Timothy Washington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm the type to read 2 or 3 novels in a year. They usually take a lot of time and effort to get through.
Getting throught the almost 400 pages of Banana Boys though, took almost a week and a half; and I couldn't read fast enough. Each of the 5 main characters is a foil of modern Asian Canadian angst. At the same time each character's story animates the larger narrative. This story is not just for Bananas - yellow on the outside, white in the middle. This book is for everyone searching to find out how they and their peers are melting into the modern Canadian mosaic.
Highly recommended reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good first novel Jan. 8 2005
By Mindme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ah the plight of the Canadian Born Chinese (CBC) male who lives between two worlds. He envies the Chinese FOBs (Fresh Off the Boat) who all seem to have a lot of money and the latest fashions. He envies Asian women of any birth right who seem to only date white men. Can he get no respect? One would be tempted to call this the Asian Male Joy Luck Club but that comparison might make the author have fits.
The author does seem to dwell a little over much on white men/asian women coupling and seems to think the readers cares to hear time and time again what the author's favorite beer and favorite bands are.
Once you get past that, it's ultimately offering a fresh, funny perspective and worth the read.
Understanding the Chinese American Male Dec 27 2006
By fay y moy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I wanted to understand how Chinese American Males feel and think about their asian culture. Do they embrace or tried to break away. And this book offered interesting experiences with each of the character. I can easily identify why the characters in the book make the choice to define their role living as a ABC. We all want to make a mark in this World and this is what the stories is all about.


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