East Meets West

So here it is, the real thing. The cover has completely changed from the spec — I totally dig the 80s vibe!

The cover in full.

It so reminds me of my beloved old computer, the Commodore 64. I feel like I could step into the store here and play it as a game…

In a couple of days, my publisher will be at the Seoul International Book Fair with this book in tow. How cool is that? Turns out that dreams do come true, from time to time.

Ten Years Ago…

It’s hard to believe, but this marks the ten-year anniversary of my first novel’s pub date. The cover that currently shows on Amazon is the much superior paperback version. The original looked like this.

The less said about that one, the better! Anyway, according to good old Google, a typical 10th anniversary is celebrated by a diamond or a blue sapphire. I have just the thing.


What you see above is the working cover of the Korean edition of Everything Asian. Perhaps not as blue as a sapphire, but there are diamonds in there for sure. Rumor has it that it’ll appear sometime in June this year. I’ll have more to report in the coming months, but pretty cool, right? Ten years in the making, as it turns out. I’m absolutely thrilled that family back in the motherland can finally read it.

For a nostalgic look back at the book launch, check out the photo from KGB Bar!

Modern Love Podcast 102

credit: Michael Buckner/Deadline; Brian Rea/The New York Times/WBUR

Folks, this is one of the most amazing things that’s ever happened to me.  The Oscar-nominated duo behind last year’s film The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, teamed up to perform my New York Times Modern Love essay.  It’s this week’s episode, which is doubly special because it’s Valentine’s Day!

Here’s the podcast!!!

Much thanks to the great people at WBUR (where Modern Love the Podcast is made), especially Caitlin O’Keefe who was gracious and patient as I prattled on during our interview.  Also thanks to WBGO for hosting me and providing crystal-clear communication between Newark and Boston.  Huge thanks to Dan Jones and The New York Times for publishing my essay in the first place.

Lastly, thank you to my wife Dawn and my mother, who provided the fodder for my essay. 🙂