Mott Street, Ava Chin | Hallesches Haus

Mott Street by Ava Chin

Penguin Press

"Mott Street: A Chinese American Family's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming" is a powerful and moving narrative that traces the journey of a Chinese American family navigating the complexities of exclusion, identity, and the quest for a place to call home.

In this captivating book, the author invites readers into the lives of the Wong family, whose experiences span generations and continents. From the vibrant streets of Mott Street in New York City's Chinatown to the struggles and triumphs of immigration and assimilation, their story unfolds against the backdrop of a society marked by discrimination and prejudice.

As the only child of a single mother in Queens, Ava Chin found her family’s origins to be shrouded in mystery. She had never met her father, and her grandparents’ stories didn’t match the history she read at school. Mott Street traces Chin’s quest to understand her Chinese American family’s story. Over decades of painstaking research, she finds not only her father but also the building that provided a refuge for them all.

Hardcover book

400 pages


This book is part of Hallesches Haus’s Summer 2023 selection

Family Drama

Whether you love your family or want to abolish the family, we have chosen a selection of books – novels, non-fiction, poetry and memoir – that attest to what we all know to be true: family is complicated business.

With the change of the season, at Hallesches Haus we create a new reading list full of books that inspire us on a loose topic. Whether you tend towards novels, poetry, non-fiction, self-help or genre fiction, we hope that the selection will surprise you and lead you discover a title outside your reading list.

Discover more books here!

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