Chinksta rap is all the rage in Red Deer, Alberta. And the king of Chinksta is King Kwong, Run’s older brother. Run isn’t a fan of Kwong’s music – or personality, really. But when Kwong goes missing just days before his crowning performance and their mom gets wounded by a stray bullet, Run finds himself, with his sidekick, Ali, in the middle of a violent battle between Red Deer’s rival gangs – the Apes and the Necks – on the run from his crush’s behemoth brother, and rethinking his feelings about his family and their history, his hatred of rice-rap and what it means to be Asian.
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Jon Chan Simpson grew up in Red Deer, Alberta. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto's MA Creative Writing program, and his work has been featured in Ricepaper magazine.
Published: August 2019
Originally published by Coach House Books
"What sets Chinkstar apart is the stylized presentation of a performer who is looking for an audience, a young man who is seeking a place, a connection, something to call his own." - Marion Milner, Buried in Print
"...a fresh and totally badass exploration of history, language and cultural truthiness." - The Globe and Mail
"Chinkstar is a refreshing read, as the narration is like a story from a friend a few beers deep at a winding down party; enthralling and informal, with so much action you know you should quit for some rest, but can't." - Ricepaper