Habitants of B-Mor came from New China generations ago. They live in this small and secured city, working in production facilities to grow and sell organic fish and vegetables to chartered cities. The food safety is a subject of psychosis as people strive to be C-free. One day, Reg, a young gardener disappears. Fan, his lover and a tank diver, leaves B-Mor to find him.
Chang-Rae Lee explores the concept of identity for immigrants. What does it mean to be an Asian American? He uses the dystopian world to bring subject linked to the legacy of the past (does it matter if we came from New China?) and the mix of cultures (Reg has Afro-American hair). I liked the book for its writing, though I found that sometimes the story dragged on too much, especially the parts that describe B-Mor after Fan's departure.
Author: Chang-Rae Lee