My Good Son, a new book by Boston College alumna Yang Huang, is winner of the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize. In the novel, Huang explores both the deep power and the profound burdens of parental love through the story of Mr. Cai, a tailor in post-Tiananmen China, and his only son Feng. Like many of his generation, Mr. Cai’s most fervent desire is for his son to succeed. He manages to get Feng to pass his entrance exams, and turns to an American customer, Jude, to sponsor his studies in the States. This scheme, hatched between the older Chinese man and a handsome gay American ex-pat, exposes readers to the parallels and differences of American and Chinese cultures—father-son relationships, familial expectations, sexuality, social mobility, and privilege. Huang grew up in China’s Jiangsu province and participated in the 1989 student uprisings. She graduated with an M.A. in English from Boston College. Her other works include in My Old Faithful (winner of the Juniper Prize for fiction) and Living Treasures (winner of the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction). Learn more in this Q&A with the author (scroll down).
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