Book cover of The Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian Kangby Jay Caspian Kang

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time, NPR, Mother Jones • “[Kang’s] exploration of class and identity among Asian Americans will be talked about for years to come.”—Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times Book Review

“A smart, vulnerable, and incisive exploration of what it means for this brilliant and honest writer—a child of Korean immigrants—to assimilate and aspire while being critical of his membership in his community of origin, in his political tribe, and in America.”—Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko

In 1965, a new immigration law lifted a century of restrictions against Asian immigrants to the United States. Nobody, including the lawmakers who passed the bill, expected it to transform the country’s demographics. But over the next four decades, millions arrived, including Jay Caspian Kang’s parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. They came with almost no understanding of their new home, much less the history of “Asian America” that was supposed to define them.

Interview with the Author

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‘The Loneliest Americans’ with Jay Caspian Kang
11/9/21           54 min

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Jay Caspian Kang: The Loneliest Americans
11/12/21             63 min

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Episode 461: Jay Caspian Kang 
10/20/21           46 min

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The Loneliest Americans
11/15/21           81 min

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