Curtis Chin Visiting SU

2024.04.23 Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30 PM 

Hinds Hall 347, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

2024.04.23, Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 PM,  In Person 

Hinds Hall 347, the Katzer Conference Room, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University.

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

SU Bookstore will bring books to the event for anyone interested in buying. 


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