DER Weekends: Author Curtis Chin reflects on growing up in Detroit’s Chinatown

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"Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir" by Curtis Chin

"Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir" by Curtis Chin

On the latest episode of the Detroit Evening Report Weekends, WDET’s Tia Graham talked with author, filmmaker and activist Curtis Chin about his new book remembering his childhood in Detroit’s Chinatown.

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Curtis Chin grew up in Detroit’s Cass Corridor in the 80s. The neighborhood was the historic home to the city’s Chinatown where Chin’s family owned one of its most popular restaurants. The author, filmmaker, activist and founder of the Asian American Writer’s Workshop has written a memoir exploring the unique lessons and perspectives from his childhood in Detroit.

Graham spoke with Chin about “Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant,” being a first-generation college student and repping Detroit to the world.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.
  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.