Science fiction writer Charles Yu was honored with the 2020 National Fiction Award on Wednesday for his satirical novel Inner Chinatown. The award was announced by committee chairman Roxanne Gay, who heads a panel of judges reading 388 reports, narrowing it down to five finalists before finally choosing Yu as the winner. Yu has written on numerous television shows, including Lodge 49 and Legionand also served as a story writer and editor in the first season of HBO Westworld and won two Guild of America Award nominations for his work on the program. Show business runs in his blood as his brother, Calvin Yu, writes and voices characters Bob burgers, played Brian Young on Nobody’s master,, and reportedly has a role in Wonder Woman 1984.
Included in “32 books we can’t wait to read” Inner Chinatown is a “watchdog generation builder” who follows Willis Wu, a Taiwanese-American actor who longs to complete small roles such as Disgraced Son, Guy Delivery, Striving Immigrant and Generic Asian Man, and landed the coveted role of Kung Fu Guy. Written in the form of a television script for Law and order-a crime show called “Black and White”, Inner Chinatown asks the question “Can Willis ever take the lead in his own life or is he doomed to have little involvement in American culture forever?” Congratulations to Yu and here we hope he finds his way back to Westworldwriting room for its very open completed fourth season.