Title Profile & Character Information

Happy Birthday or Whatever

Annotation
Meet Annie Choi. She fears cable cars and refuses to eat anything that casts a shadow. Her brother thinks chicken is a vegetable. Her father occasionally starts fires at work. Her mother collects Jesus trading cards and wears plaid like it's a job. No matter how hard Annie and her family try to understand one another, they often come up hilariously short. But in the midst of a family crisis, Annie comes to realize that the only way to survive one another is to stick together . . . as difficult as that might be. Annie Choi's Happy Birthday or Whatever is a sidesplitting, eye-opening, and transcendent tale of coping with an infuriating, demanding, but ultimately loving Korean family.

GenreNonFiction
Memoir
TopicsKorean families
Korean Americans
Immigrants
Mothers and daughters
Family relationships
Shame
Korean families
Korean Americans
Immigrants
Mothers and daughters
Family relationships
Shame
SettingCalifornia
California