Podcast Interview with Shing Yin Khor

By Libby Stille, Publicist

We talk to Shing Yin Khor in today’s episode of The Lerner Podcast. Shing is the author of the graphic memoir The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito.

Shing Yin Khor
Shing Yin Khor

As a child growing up in Malaysia, Shing Yin Khor had two very different ideas of what “America” meant. The first looked a lot like Hollywood, full of beautiful people, sunlight, and freeways. The second looked more like The Grapes of Wrath—a nightmare landscape filled with impoverished people, broken-down cars, barren landscapes, and broken dreams. This book chronicles Shing’s solo journey (small adventure-dog included) along the iconic Route 66, beginning in Santa Monica and ending up Chicago. What begins as a road trip ends up as something more like a pilgrimage in search of an American landscape that seems forever shifting and forever out of place.

Spread from The American Dream?
Spread from The American Dream?

★”Khor takes that ‘feeling of desperately searching for something better, for a new start,’ and adapts it to their own ‘pilgrimage’ as immigrant and artist traveling historic Route 66 . . . in whimsical full-color detail.”—starred, Booklist

The Lerner Podcast with Shing Yin Khor

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Shing’s road trip playlist

Read Shing’s essay about their playlist on FreakSugar.

Episode links

Route 66 Motels

“‘American Owned’: A Sign of Patriotism or Xenophobia?,” Wall Street Journal

“The Root of Route 66,” The Atlantic

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