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NEA's Big Read

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Eastern’s Big Read, October 17, 2022 - May, 2023

Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown

Eastern Connecticut State University is one of 62 nonprofit organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2022-23 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant will support a community reading program centered around "Interior Chinatown" by Charles Yu. From October 2022 until May 2023, Eastern will host a series of events related to the book and its subject matter.

"Interior Chinatown" is a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

A highlight of our programming around Charles Yu's "Interior Chinatown" will include an online virtual exhibition with creative responses (visual arts, graphic design, new media, and literary texts) to the book's study of stereotypes.

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Managed by Arts Midwest
NEA Big Read
is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

In an age where everything is a short email or Twitter comment, reading and comprehension are more important than ever. Windham is a small town with people from many cultures and different languages. Shared reading programs help knit us closer together and help us form community and understanding.
Thomas DeVivo, Mayor of Willimantic, 2022
We are excited to host the Big Read for the third year in a row, this time in celebration of Charles Yu's award-winning novel 'Interior Chinatown. Like each of the books we have selected through the Big Read program, 'Interior Chinatown' is a candid and important account that broadens readers' cultural awareness and world view.
Eastern President Dr. Elsa Nunez, 2022