Unmasking ambition and authenticity in a Twitter-fueled world. 📖
🎧 Listening time: 8 hrs and 39 mins
⭐ Community rating: 4.2 / 5
Introduction to Yellowface
Yellowface is a novel that cleverly satirizes the portrayal of racial diversity within the publishing world. It also serves as a work of metafiction, investigating the realm of social media, notably Twitter (X).
What is Yellowface about?
In the audiobook, you can hear the story of the aspiring writer June Hayward. She witnesses the death of her classmate Athena Liu, a revered Chinese-American author.
Seizing an opportunity, June presents herself as Athena’s friend, altering and taking ownership of Athena’s manuscript. As June’s version gains attention, she publishes it under an Asian-sounding pseudonym to mask her identity.
However, Twitter’s (X) accusations of cultural appropriation and plagiarism erupt, challenging her deceitful success.
Should I listen to Yellowface audiobook?
The audiobook Yellowface offers a satirical exploration of racial diversity within the publishing industry and the complexities of cultural appropriation in a social media-driven world.
Through the lens of its protagonist, June Hayward, the novel explores themes of identity, ownership, and the consequences of blurring lines between personal ambition and ethical boundaries.
With a mix of humor and critical insight, the audiobook prompts listeners to reflect on the issues of representation, authenticity, and power dynamics in creative work. Yellowface is a must-listen if you’re interested in a contemporary narrative that engages with relevant societal conversations.
🗯 While some listeners find the lack of a bigger plot an issue, others are fascinated with the main character (June Hayward). However, you see the bigger picture, this piece is masterfully narrated by Helen Laser, which brings so much quality to the complete experience.
📝 Book Author: R. F. Kuang
🎙 Audiobook Narrator: Helen Laser
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