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Terry Woo


Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Terry Woo has lived in Toronto, Seattle, New York and San Francisco and currently resides in Toronto. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with degrees in Systems Design Engineering and Psychology. His first novel, Banana Boys, is a remarkable exploration of the university and post-graduate lives of five young Chinese-Canadian men. The novel has been adapted for the stage by Leon Aureus. Woo studied Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University. He is working on a second novel. Some of his other writing is available in anthologies including Millenium Messages and Strike the Wok.



Banana Boys

Toronto: Riverbank Press, 2000.
PS8595 .O5988 B36 2000

Publisher’s Synopsis

What is the nature of the Banana? To Luke, Dave, Mike, and Sheldon, it’s a curious predicament brought on by upbringing– growing up yellow on the outside, white on the inside. They’re together to pay their last respects to Rick, the one Banana Boy who seemed to have it all, but was found dead in his living room, apparently of suicide.

Awards and Honours

1999 Asian-Canadian Writer’s Workshop Award (Shortlisted)


Anthology (Short story)

Strike the Wok

Woo, Terry. “Cheap Razor Blades.” In Strike the Wok: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Writing, ed. by Lien Chao and Jim Wong-Chu. Toronto: TSAR, 2003, 167-174

PS8235.C5 S77 2003


Banana Boys website includes information about the author and the book, readers’ comments, reviews, interviews, excerpts, stage adaptation, and more.