Yu and Me Books: New Store in Chinatown, NYC Filled with Stories of America’s Minorities

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

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

“I’m really focused on diverse authors, writers of color, stories with people of color as their protagonists, especially stories about immigrants,” says store owner Lucy Yu. .

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

“I love math, I love science, but I think just being an engineer and having that background knowledge is not a path that really gives me much satisfaction or joy,” Yu said. speak.

Literature is what she calls it – and so has become a New Yorker. When she moved to the city three years ago, it immediately felt at home.

“I never felt like there was a city embracing me like New York did,” Yu said.

But as the pandemic changes the world and spurs unprovoked attacks on the Asian community, representation and humanity become paramount above all else.

“Seeing someone like my grandmother, my mother, just cross the street and get attacked, it was a very scary time,” Yu said. “And it still is. And I think that really pushed me to open this up earlier.”

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

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

Jien Ko of Brooklyn said that after a difficult year, this place made her feel like her experience was important.

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

It’s a well-timed new beginning for Lucy Yu and the store that used to sell funeral supplies.

There are so many new experiences to discover as we move into a new year.

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