“For the title of his debut collection of essays on race, gender, and American society, Wesley Yang invokes W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1903 classic study of race in America. These 13 essays explore the ways in which the American dream shapes and distorts an assortment of people: chefs, strivers, pickup artists, and school shooters. Included here is ‘Paper Tigers,’ Yang’s personal, National Magazine Award–winning look at Asian-American overachievers. As Yang’s avid followers already know, his laser scrutiny spares no one—not even Yang himself.” —The Millions
“Fierce and refreshing.”— Carlos Lozada, Washington Post
Named a notable book of the year by the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post, and one of the best books of the year by Spectator and Publishers Weekly, The Souls of Yellow Folk is the powerful debut from one of the most acclaimed essayists of his generation. Wesley Yang writes about race and sex without the polite lies that bore us all.
About the Author
Wesley Yang has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, the New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Esquire, Tablet, and n+1. His work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Magazine Writing, Best Creative Nonfiction, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in Montreal.
Nobody writes sentences (or profiles) like Wesley Yang. He is our Balzac.
Stylish and frequently revelatory. — Jon Baskin
With gonzo candor and intellectual capaciousness, Yang’s Du Bois–inflected essays probe the identity crises of Asian American men.
Yang’s book is a primer to the wider oeuvre of a perceptive writer with undeniably sharp insights into American life. — Theodore Kupfer
He is one of the essential writers we have right now and we are lucky to have him. — Daniel Oppenheimer
Thoughtful, beautifully written essays that explore the dark and conflict-ridden landscapes of our modern conceptions. — Ben Sixsmith
I find the self-conflicted elegance of his prose to be a delight.… Reported essays that often levitate into that fiction feeling on the strength of the author’s voice and their sharply observed character studies. — Thomas Beller
As Yang’s avid followers already know, his laser scrutiny spares no one—not even Yang himself.
[Yang] channels the extremity of his subject matter into a marvelous style. — Frank Guam
Wesley Yang’s unsparing vision always affects me powerfully. — Mark Greif