The Souls of Yellow Folk


Wesley Yang (Author)


The National Magazine Award–winning writer’s debut collection of incisive, stylish essays on race and gender.

Inspired by The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois’s classic collection of essays on race and American society, Wesley Yang’s debut book marks a fresh contribution to the conversation about race in America today. Yang’s essays are an eclectic mix of reporting, sociology, and personal history, and The Souls of Yellow Folk collects thirteen of his best. These include his New York cover story “Paper Tigers,” on Asian values and the American Dream; his New York Times Magazine portrait of chef and author Eddie Huang; his n+1 dispatch “The Face of Seung- Hui Cho,” who was then the largest mass murderer in U.S. history; and his provocative essays on white supremacy. Written with freewheeling candor, The Souls of Yellow Folk deftly examines a new cohort of men who have emerged in our time—embattled, haunted, and out on a limb.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Forthcoming October 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-24174-7
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“This is a spectacular essay collection, as eloquent and stylishly written as it is morally essential. With lucidity and unsentimental humanity, Wesley Yang shows us a new type of forgotten man, one whose suffering is primarily psychological. We often think of the brutality of private life as the natural province of fiction or memoir, but Yang combines the novel’s power to dissect personal psychology with the breadth, directness and raw honesty of the essay. A stunning achievement, this book deserves to be read and re-read for years to come.” — Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

“Nobody writes sentences (or profiles) like Wesley Yang. He is our Balzac.” — Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

“Wesley Yang’s unsparing vision always affects me powerfully.” — Mark Greif, author of Against Everything

“A terrifically honest writer, Wesley Yang articulates feelings others are too afraid to call up, let alone confront. This collection is essential because it adheres to no ideology; Yang panders to no one. Instead, with sharp, and even Naipaulian, prose, he takes us deep into the discomfort zones of racial and political discourse.” — Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs

“Wesley Yang’s pen is sharp, his imagination adventurous and his empathy devastating. His words snap a messy world into focus.” — Molly Young, author of D C-T!