In Chang-rae Lee's novel My Year Abroad, first person narrator Tiller Bardmon is about to leave for his European study abroad trip, when he meets the enigmatic and captivating Chinese entrepreneur, Pong Lou. Immediately enamored with Pong, and all he might offer, Tiller agrees to join him on a business venture to Shenzhen, China. While there, Tiller experiences more than he could have possibly imagined. Months after returning, he continues sorting through his memories, attempting to reconcile his past and present lives. The novel explores themes including desire, loneliness, and identity.