Banana Boys by Terry WooBanana Boys by Terry Woo

Banana Boys

byTerry Woo

Paperback | September 22, 2005

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What is the nature of Banana? To Luke, Dave, Mike, and Sheldon, it’s a curious predicament brought on by upbringing — growing up yellow on the outside, white on the inside. They’re together to pay their last respects to Rick, the one Banana Boy who seemed to have it all, but was found dead in his living room, apparently of suicide.

The tragedy that has reunited the Banana Boys becomes the point from which we are introduced to the intertwined stories of a group of young friends caught in cultural and social limbo. Not really Chinese and not quite Canadian, the Banana Boys stumble through situations, incidents and interactions that ultimately explore the nature of identity and reveal the possibilities each character has within himself.

Peppered with piercing insights and laced with comic anecdotes, Banana Boys provides unforgettable texture to the ordinary — and extraordinary — tribulations of being twentysomething, male, and Asian in Canada.

Terry Woo is a Banana Boy. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he has drifted from Toronto, Seattle, New York and San Francisco. He graduated from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario with a degree in Systems Design Engineering, and one in Psychology. He enjoys hockey, jazz, baking lasagna, spinning breakbeats and trance breaks, nic...
Title:Banana BoysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 8.51 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:September 22, 2005Publisher:Cormorant BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1896332218

ISBN - 13:9781896332215

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books from my 20s I love this book. It is well written and so accurately describes the sentiment of CBCs of that generation. It is especially meaningful to me because it was written at a time when Asian males didn't have a big voice in the media. FYI, there is also a play based on this book. It is rather abstract so you'll either love it or hate it. I loved it.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read An excellent exploration of the issues facing second-generation Asian kids written in a fun, contemporary style, even if it's about a serious situation. It's a book that's very '90s--in a good way--and sheds light on how second-generation immigrants are often even more alienated than first-generation immigrants in terms of the barriers to acceptance they experience from both sides. At the same time, it's not just a story about race/culture, it's the story of what friendship means, how we deal with loss, and how we measure success.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best CBC/ABC Read Yet!!! I think that this book defines CBC culture quite well. It answers the question, "Who exactly are the Canadian Born Chinese." CBC culture is something that definitely exists but is vague and ambiguous, without clear boundaries and thus is very difficult to define. CBC's lie in the crack between two cultures and are always trying to find their place in society. I find that characters in other ABC/CBC books are ashamed of their ethnicity and defy their Chinese background. This book, however, illustrates quite well the confusion and hardships endured growing up as a CBC, without the characters resenting their culture. Setting aside the inaccurate generalization and perception (and slight resentment and bitterness) of CBC women and digression on the author's favourite music through Luke's character, it was an excellent read. I already read it twice in two months. Definitely the best CBC/ABC read so far. Well done.
Date published: 2006-05-31