Yu and Me Books: New store in Chinatown, NYC filled with stories of minorities in America

CHINATOWN, Manhattan (WABC) – A brand new bookstore in Chinatown is the first of its kind: An Asian American woman is detained and filled with stories about the experiences of minorities in America and first and second generation immigrants.

Yu And Me Books offers a selection of books that represent you and me.

“I really focus on various authors, writers of color, stories with people of color as the main character, especially immigrant stories,” store owner Lucy Yu said.

Yu is a 27-year-old chemical engineer from Los Angeles who decided to change careers last year.

“I love math, I love science, but I think being an engineer and having that background wasn’t a path that really brought me much fulfillment or joy,” Yu said.

Literature was his vocation – and thus became New Yorker. When she moved to town three years ago, she immediately felt right at home.

“I never felt like a city hugged me like New York City did,” Yu said.

But when the pandemic changed the world and fueled unprovoked attacks on the Asian community, representation and humanity became all the more critical.

“To see someone who looked like my grandmother, my mother, myself, just walking the streets and being attacked, it was, it was a very scary time,” Yu said. still is. And I think that really prompted me to open this even earlier. “

The store is not only a haven, but a cozy place – even with a small reading nook with comfortable chairs.

It only opened last week, but has already generated a lot of buzz on social media, attracting customers who have always wanted something like what it offers.

Jien Ko from Brooklyn says that after a difficult year, this place made him feel like his experience matters.

“I feel like it’s a great way to end the year, it’s just to come here and visit, and see this place and I think even being here feels like validation,” he said. declared Ko.

It’s a timely new start for Lucy Yu and the storefront that sold funeral supplies.

There are so many new experiences to discover as we turn the page of a new year.

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