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Banana Boys [Paperback]

Terry Woo
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

From the dedication: To Gabe, Vince, Dave (Eye), Sam/Zeke, Calv, Alan, Schen, Mi, Pat, Ed, Lewis, Arvie, Gord, Pete, Sam C., Erik, Dave Bro, Larry and tens of thousands of others. There's a place for us out there. I know it. And if there isn't, we'll damn well make one. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

Reader's comments: "Without a culture of my own, I've always sought for one in pop culture. Your book was the first time I saw my own reflection."

"I'm an aspiring Chinese Canadian writer, and have always been sickened by the mainstream Amy Tan novels. Your book has style, guts and wit - not the usual pathetic Asian identity crisis themes."

"I could relate to just about every emotion and situation, it was eerie. I also talked to a good friend from Vancouver who said he felt like he wrote the book. Did we all turn out this way?...it's really incredible and next time someone asks what the F*ck is wrong with me, I'll just tell them to read it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Terry Woo is a Banana Boy. Born in 1971 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he's drifted from Toronto to Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and back to Toronto, Canada as of 1998. Banana Boys was shortlisted for the 1999 Asian Canadian Writers Workshop (ACWW) Emerging Writers Award. In the fall of 2004, a theatre adaption of the novel was produced by the fu-GEN Asian Canadian theatre company.
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