Dinner with Auntie Wei and Uncle Wang single work   short story   humour   fantasy  
Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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Tom goes to his aunt and uncle's house for dinner. After dinner, his Uncle Wang, who has been a volunteer in 'neural interfacing research' at a university, starts speaking in the computer programming language C++. Tom has a background in IT, and so attempts to fix his uncle.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Dinner with Auntie Ling and Uncle Wang
The Look Who's Morphing version of the story is almost exactly the same as the version published in Peril, but with the aunt's name changed and a few slight revisions to a few sentences. Also, the aunt and uncle now live in an apartment, rather than a house.
  • Appears in:
    y Peril : An Asian-Australian Journal Nerds no. 1 June 2006 Z1314578 2006 periodical issue 2006
  • Appears in:
    y Look Who's Morphing Tom Cho , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009 Z1580990 2009 selected work short story (taught in 6 units)

    Look Who's Morphing is a collection of bizarre, funny, often menacing stories in which, along with his extended family, the central character undergoes a series of transformations, shape-shifting through figures drawn from film and television, music clips and video games, porn flicks and comics. He is Godzilla, a Muppet, and Whitney Houston's bodyguard; the Fonz, a robot, a Ford Bronco 4x4 - and, as a climax, a Gulliver-sized cock rock singer, played upon by an adoring troupe of sexy Lilliputians in short skirts and sailor suits and cheerleader outfits. Within these fantasies there is a deep intellectual and emotional engagement, a fundamental questioning of the nature of identity, and the way it constructs itself in a world dominated by the images of popular culture. – From the publisher's website.

    Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009
    pg. 37-40
    Note: With title: Dinner with Auntie Ling and Uncle Wang
Last amended 6 Jan 2012
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