Teen Book Talk: Patricia Park – What’s Eating Jackie Oh

Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20008

About Book:

When Korean American high school sophomore Jackie is recruited for the teen cooking competition, Burn Off! It’s a dream come true. But is it? Soon she’s balancing cooking rivalries, producers’ limited assumptions for an Asian girl and family pressures for academic success. In What’s Eating Jackie Oh? author Patricia Park melds the fun world of reality TV with the complications of racial assumptions, parental pressures and immigrant family life.

About Author:

Patricia Park is an assistant professor of creative writing at American University, a Fulbright Scholar in Creative Arts, a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, and the author of the acclaimed adult novel Re Jane and the YA novel Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim. Patricia lives in Brooklyn, NY, and can be found online at


12 – 18

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