There may not have been a more positive presence in the Lit Up studio than that of Jade Chang. It’s little wonder that she’s the author of the astute, funny, and sharp novel, The Wangs vs. the World, a road trip romp about the Wangs, a Chinese American family who’ve lost their cosmetics empire fortune. The mischievous patriarch Charles, Barbra his second wife, and Charles’s three children; Sina, a disgraced art world wunderkind; Andrew, an aspiring stand up comic; and high school fashion blogger, Grace; must cross the country redefine what the American dream means to them.
Jade’s book prompted so many threads of conversation, from her own family’s history to the state of politics in America. My time with Jade lifted my spirits and I hope it lifts yours too.
Jade Chang has covered arts and culture as a journalist and editor. She is the recipient of a Sundance Fellowship for Arts Journalism, the AIGA/Winterhouse Award for Design Criticism, and the James D. Houston Memorial scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. The Wangs vs. the World is her debut novel. She lives in Los Angeles.