Curtis Chin Visiting DWC

2024.04.23 Tuesday 7 PM 

YMCA Downtown Writers Center, Syracuse, NY

2024.04.23, 7:00 pm,  In Person and on Zoom 

The meeting place is YMCA Downtown Writers Center at 340 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY, 13202. Parking can be tricky nearby but there are plenty of spaces within a short walk. So plan accordingly. If you would like to attend on Zoom, please register here to get the Zoom link. 

Curtis will do reading, answer questions, and sign books. You are welcome to bring your own copies for signing. 

We have a limited number of books available at the event for sale for $30 a copy, the listed retail price. If you cannot attend in person but would like to have a signed book, we will be glad to make it happen and ship the signed book to you. Please fill in this form by April 22, 2024..

For any questions, please email


From filmmaker and co-founder of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Curtis Chin's memoir about coming of age and coming out traces the author's journey through 1980's Detroit as he navigated rising xenophobia, the AIDS epidemic, and the Reagan Revolution to find his voice as a writer and activist — all set against the backdrop of his family's popular Chinese restaurant. 

Since its release, the book has been featured in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, as well as CBS Saturday Morning News and NBC News. It's also been honored by the State of Michigan and the American Library Association. Here's a recent interview from PBS Newshour:


A co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, Curtis Chin served as the non-profits’ first Executive Director. He went on to write for network and cable television before transitioning to social justice documentaries. Chin has screened his films at over 600 venues in sixteen countries. He has written for CNN, Bon Appetit, the Detroit Free Press, and the Emancipator/Boston Globe. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Chin has received awards from ABC/Disney Television, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and more. His memoir, "Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant" was published by Little, Brown in Fall 2023. His essay in Bon Appetit was just selected for Best Food Writing in America 2023 and he just produced an episode of America's Test Kitchen's podcast, Proof. 


Curtis started an across-America book tour in October 2023, when the book was published. He has appeared in 100+ events so far. To see where he has been, visit his website at:

He documented some of the tour events at his Facebook page


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