VIRTUAL SCREENING: Gene Luen Yang and Pornsak Pichetshote Event

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This is a live virtual screening of an in-person event taking place at the OACC on October 9 at 3:00pm! There will be a book signing at 4!

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Can't make it to the in-person event? No problem! The Oakland Asian Cultural Center has got you covered. Join us for the Youtube virtual screening of this event you definitely do not want to miss!

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Looking back at APA History in 1940's , the Exclusion Laws, racism and the KKK has graphically come alive with comic artists and writers Gene Luen Yang and Pornsak Pichetshote's new graphic novels. Pichetshote's The Good Asian and Yang's Shadow Hero and Superman Smashes the Klan have been treasures to comic lovers searching for adventure, heroism, and POW! while learning about Asian American history.

Writer PORNSAK PICHETSHOTE's series The Good Asian follows fictional Edison Harkï, a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown. THE GOOD ASIAN is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under the Exclusion Law and immigration ban against the Chinese, as they're besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and racial segregation.

PICHETSHOTE's initial inspiration for The Good Asian series came from the 1920’s Detective Charlie Chan series, which was originally inspired by Chang Apana, a real-life Chinese Hawaiian policeman in 1957. Pichetshote’s story ultimately is an introduction to Asian American history and United States’ structural racism keeping Asian Americans as perpetual and unequal outsiders.

Inspired by the 1940s Superman radio serial Clan of the Fiery Cross, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang ( American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, The Terrifics, New Super-Man) and artist Gurihiru ( Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Unstoppable Wasp) bring us a personal retelling of two different immigrants finding ways to belong. Yes Superman is an immigrant!

The year is 1946. Teenagers Roberta and Tommy Lee just moved with their parents from Chinatown to the center of Metropolis, home to the famous hero, Superman. Tommy makes friends quickly, while Roberta pines for home. Then one night, the family awakens to find their house surrounded by the Klan of the Fiery Kross!

Yang also revived the Green Turtle, the first Asian American Super Hero. In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity: the Green Turtle was the first Asian American superhero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

This is Eastwind Books of Berkeley's first live authors appearance and book signing. We thank Oakland Asian Cultural Center ( for co-sponsoring and hosting the safe limited 150 seating in the OACC Auuditorium. For everyone's safety mask and covid vaccines are required please.

Please note the live author talk may be subject to changes due to covid-19 regulations. The show will then be broadcasted online with notices sent to ticket holders before Oct. 9th.

Buy authors' books at Eastwind Books of Berkeley below. If you can't come to the book signing Oct.9th, you can include in your book order any requests for personalized autographs. Your books will then be held for your shipping or pickup until autographed on Oct. 9th at your request.

Sponsored by Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

Supported in part by a Civic Arts Grant from the City of Berkeley.

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The author's talk begins at 3:00pm that is limited to ticketholders only.

There will be a book signing at 4:00pm that is open to the public.

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Eastwind Books of Berkeley has been serving the public providing books on Asian American diverse cultures, Ethnic Studies, history, and literature since 1982. Celebrating more than 20 years in Berkeley, Eastwind Books of Berkeley has provided the public with meaningful and relevant books for our times. Eastwind supports and promotes various authors at book events including: The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons, Other: An Asian Pacific Islander Prisoners Anthology, and is something colonial. Visit us in-store at 2066 University Avenue, Berkeley or online at

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