Episode 13: Jade Chang

Jade Chang

Discussion Questions

  • Why is Charles Wang mad at America and mad at history? What does the novel suggest or reveal about “the American Dream”? What does Charles have to say about the American Dream and whom it belongs to?
  • Explore the theme of luck in the novel. How much control do the characters seem to have over their own lives, and how much is a matter of luck or fate? How are wealth and good fortune ultimately defined by the story’s conclusion?
  • Explore the treatment of gender in the book. What does Charles believe are the fundamental differences between men and women? Is there any difference in the way that Charles treats his son versus his daughters? How are the female characters in the novel treated by others? Do the female characters seem to have the same opportunities available to them as the men?
  • How are the Wangs ultimately affected by their travels together and their reunion?

Book Club Bites

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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.
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