Poet Jane Wong to Read from New Memoir About Growing Up in Atlantic City

Jane Wong, whose debut memoir “Meet Met Tonight in Atlantic City” has received rave reviews, will be the first speaker for this academic year at Stockton University’s Stephen Dunn Reading Series.

The 2023 book is “an incandescent, exquisitely written memoir about family, food, girlhood, resistance and growing up in a Chinese American restaurant on the Jersey shore,” according to publisher Tin House.

Wong, who now lives in Seattle, will speak and read from her book at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27 in Campus Center Meeting Room 5. The appearance will also be streamed over Zoom. Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

Here are just some of the comments from reviews of Wong’s newest book:

“Her story is a love letter to Atlantic City and the Asian American working class.” — The Los Angeles Times

“Wong’s memoir invites those who have been overlooked in America to hold up their verses, accolades and solidarity in a collective rejoinder to their detractors.” — The Washington Post

“With a poet’s ear for language and a satirist’s eye for human foibles, Wong masterfully marries her personal story with larger questions about Chinese America identity.” — Publishers Weekly