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APIA Meet the Author Series Henry Chang, Wine & Refreshments Book Talk & Signing

6/25/2011
When: 6/25/2011
5:30 PM
Where: 2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, Murder By The Book  77005
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APIA Meet the Author Series


Henry Chang, Wine & Refreshments Book Talk & Signing


Chinatown Beat & Year of the Dog & Red Jade: A Detective Jack Yu Investigation


 


Please join OCA-Greater Houston Chapter (OCA-GH), the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) and the Youth Leadership Council (YLC), in welcoming Asian Pacific American Author, Henry Chang in the debut of his 3rd novel Red Jade: A Detective Jack Yu Investigation. Henry will be at Murder by the Book at 5:30 p.m. to sign and discuss his new novel. Books will only be available for signing at the Murder by the Book store event. Henry Chang will sign & discuss his new Chinatown based novel, Red Jade, the third book in a Chinatown based trilogy. This event is a part of our continuing APIA Meet the Author Series.


 


Henry Chang Wine & Refreshments Book Talk & Signing


Date:   Saturday, June 25, 2011


Time:   5:30 PM  7:00 PM


Cost:    Free and open to the public; limited books will be available for purchase


Preorder Discounted Copies of Henrys Books by Friday, June 24:


https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHhlNWtFYXQ2UkpZTkI1dDNOemt1OEE6MQ


Location:         Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet St., 77005; 713.524.8597


 


For more information or to RSVP, please contact oca@ocahouston.org or 713.446.8430


 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Henry Chang is a New Yorker, a native son of Chinatown and the Lower East Side. His poems have appeared in the seminal Yellow Pearl anthology, and in Gangs In New Yorks Chinatown. He writes from the world of the urban Chinese immigrant demimonde, and his work has appeared in Murdaland2, the seminal Yellow Pearl anthology, Gangs in New York's Chinatown, The NuyorAsian Anthology, and Bridge Magazine. His acclaimed 'Chinatown Trilogy' of CHINATOWN BEAT, YEAR OF THE DOG, and RED JADE, is the hard-boiled reflection of lifelong experiences in the Chinese community, and the books have received high praise from the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, among others.


Henry Chang is a graduate of CCNY and the Chinatown School 'of hard knocks'. He has been a lighting consultant, and a Security Director for major hotels, commercial properties, and retail businesses in Manhattan. He continues to reside in Chinatown and post-911 Lower Manhattan. Henry Chang's website is Chinatowntrilogy.com .


 


FROM THE AUTHOR:


I've been asked about the subjects I write about: Chinatown and Crime. I'd always wanted to tell these Chinatown stories, true stories of ordinary immigrants struggling to succeed, against the backdrop of organized Chinese crime,-the Triads, the Tongs, and the vicious street gangs. I also wanted to position the stories within the greater context of what affects Chinese-Americans nationally and internationally.


My protagonist, Chinese-American NYPD Detective Jack Yu, takes the reader on a tour of the Chinatown underbelly while following a police investigation. To me, the stories should not only revolve around the conventional mystery of the 'whodunit' but should also interpret the mystery of why and how things occur in all these Chinatowns across America, and show how crime impacts the survivors and the families involved.


In my books, there will always be tidbits of Chinatown history and sociology dancing in the shadows of the storyline, giving voice back to the voiceless, shedding light on things people don't like to talk about, like exploitation, discrimination, violence and racism in America. The stories are not simply about cops and criminals, but about how organized crime shadows the immigrant demimonde and controls the underbelly of Chinatown through violence and brutality. So sit back, and keep your hands in plain sight. Welcome to Chinatown.


 


Chinatown Beat


"For readers who relish noir suspense, it doesnt get any better than this stunning novel."


--The Boston Globe review


 


Synopsis; Chinese-American NYPD Detective Jack Yu has transferred back to his old neighborhood, Chinatown, to be closer to his ailing Pa. He encounters boyhood friends who have become hardened gangsters, and is haunted by the murder of a former teenage blood brother. After his fathers untimely death, Jack investigates the murder of Chinatown tong boss Uncle Four, an investigation that drives Jack into the depths of the Chinatown underbelly.


 


Year of the Dog


"A worthy series. Detective Jack Yu is a fellow whose adventures should be worth following, and now takes us even further beneath the surface... "


 


Synopsis: He's been transferred to a different precinct, but Detective Jack Yu cannot get away from Chinatown's criminals -- his old friends -- who have hooked up with the Hong Kong-based triads in an elaborate nationwide credit card fraud. He also cannot escape the Chinese victims whose stories cry out for justice, like the teenage Chinese take-out delivery boy brutally murdered in the projects.


 


Red Jade


Synopsis: Called back to his old precinct when they need a Chinese cop, NYPD detective Jack Yu sensitively solves the murder-suicide of a Chinese American husband and wife, then pursues suspects in older cases. Following a lead, hes off to Seattle to find a man wanted for murder in a shoot-out that left Yus boyhood friend, Tat Lucky Louie, comatose. Both Yu and the Red Circle triad are interested in Mona, the Hong Kong Chinese mistress of murdered tong leader Lucky Four. The triad wants her dead, as a means of saving face for Lucky Fours ripping off their funds. In his third entry in the Jack Yu series, Chang continues to provide insight into the Chinese American community and its culture. A fast-moving police procedural with added sociological depth.


 

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